Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Sagu Aoyama Universe Crossover Series

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ROOKS, KNIGHTS AND BRAVEHEARTS
The Sagu Aoyama Universe Crossover Series

Hello, everyone! The story, Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts, is a crossover of Eromanga Sensei, two light novel installments of Sagu Aoyama: Ro-Kyu-Bu! and Tenshi no 3P!; and High School DxD. The series started last July 2017 after I made some research about Ro-Kyu-Bu!, Tenshi no 3P! and High School DxD. Then, I begin this idea of making an anime-based sport, loli, harem, comedic and adventure crossover story because I want to make this crossover more adventuring and more angelic and I love most of the characters of Ro-Kyu-Bu!, Tenshi no 3P! and High School DxD including Subaru Hasegawa and Kyō Nukui. Then, I added some new ideas for the series by adding more characters to the series including the main characters from Eromanga Sensei.

The reason why I name the title “Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts” is because of three things: the initial letters R, K and B are coming from the series Ro-Kyu-Bu!, the words “rooks” and “knights” are the things related to the series High School DxD while the word “bravehearts” is resembled of main characters coming from the series Tenshi no 3P! The original idea is that I want to make the characters of Ro-Kyu-Bu!, Tenshi no 3P! and High School DxD to work together, but I decided to change it because I don’t want the characters of the Ro-Kyu-Bu! and Tenshi no 3P! to be involved in Rating Game. The new idea is that Rias Gremory assigned Issei Hyodo and his peerage to stay in Japan and know about basketball. The story takes place in the year 2010 after the events of Ro-Kyu-Bu! and Tenshi no 3P!, but also, during the events High School DxD.

Hopefully, this series will be accomplished very soon. Enjoy reading!

First of all, this is going to be my first installment in the Writing Forum. I completely begin liking both Ro-Kyu-Bu! & High School DxD as one of my favorite anime series because of one of the voice actors is my favorite namely Yūki Kaji, who is the voice actor of Subaru Hasegawa and Issei Hyodo. Originally, I brainstorm ideas for another installment that took place in my home country in the same world as in the universe of Ro-Kyu-Bu! / Tenshi no 3P! I believe that I may start doing my own series because I am good in writing and analyzing the characters based on the installments that I choose. Hopefully, you will enjoy reading this one as it will be an anime-based sport, loli, harem, comedic and adventure crossover story. I usually made scripts and ideas for this installment, so there will be some scenes that are coming from the anime or manga.

The reason why I name the title “Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts” is because of three things: the initial letters R, K and B are coming from the series Ro-Kyu-Bu!, the words “rooks” and “knights” are the things related to the series High School DxD while the word “bravehearts” is resembled of characters coming from the series Tenshi no 3P! It seems that I am going to start the story to take place between the events of Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS, Tenshi no 3P! and High School DxD BorN. Also, there are some additional characters that I might make this installment interested as well as events such as the Vernal Week, an event where the members of Keishin Academy Basketball Team are staying at the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel and planning to enroll at Kirihara Middle School, Subaru’s former school, over Keishin Academy, their current school.

Here is the premise of the series:
“With the graduation of Tomoka and her friends and their plans to stick together with their mentor Subaru Hasegawa continues, Tomoka and her friends have set for a new journey in Kirihara Middle School. The Nashiba High School Basketball Team has been reinstated, allowing Subaru and his friends to rebuild the team for the next competition. Meanwhile, the Occult Research Club had finally completed their plans to have their new home at Issei’s house which was renovated, thanks to his parents, and looking forward to expand the club which they need connections and relationships from their members. A few days later, Subaru and the girls have been met by Jun’s Angels. As they meet each other, they will prepare their plans to meet the Occult Research Club.”

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VOLUME 1: “A BLESSING START”
CHAPTER 1: “AFTER GRADUATION”

After the graduation in Keishin Academy, Subaru and his friends were having a time to play basketball at the Misawa Resort Hotel and they enjoy themselves after hours of playing. Tomoka was seem to be happy with Subaru ever since Subaru was a mentor at the time in Keishin, even though that Tomoka was thinking about her transfer to Subaru’s school along with her friends because Nashiba High School basketball team was reinstated by the administration after a year of inactivity. Kazunari Uehara wanted to pledge them to play in the team so that they are hoping to win the championship when the time comes.

Like in Keishin, Kirihara Middle School and Nashiba High School was a full of good students composing of big talents and top students. Although the school has a good record of anti-tardiness, the school has never been dominant in any sporting competitions. Compared with Keishin, Kirihara didn’t achieve anything and a drought was keeping the team out of the contention as in contrast to Keishin, their athletics team was well-produced and improved themselves with the creation of the girls’ basketball team, led by Tomoka Minato and the mentor Subaru Hasegawa.

As Subaru and his friends went to eat their dinner, Maho explained to Subaru about the enrollment to his school, in which Subaru was delighted about the promise after they lose to Suzuridani Girls Academy.

“Our enrollment to Kirihara will be coming in a few weeks and we would be able to study there. Subaru, Banri, Natsuhi, Aoi, Satsuki and Tae are here as well to enroll there” said Maho.

“It’s been a week after you guys are graduated in Keishin. This means that our journey continues” said Subaru.

“Yes, it was. Subaru, our promise will keep us stronger as well as that you are finally prepare to play for the team” Maho said with a smile.

“I was hopefully going to go back in playing basketball with my improved skills and I had able to help you and your friends to play well. You’re right, Maho. I’m being delighted to” Subaru replied.

“In any case, I got a surprise for you, Subaru” Tomoka said while the girls are holding their gifts.

Tomoka and the girls reveal the gifts to Subaru as a token for helping the girls’ basketball team through winning games. Subaru was shocked about how the girls are doing. It was said to be a surprise night for Subaru since he let his friends to stay at the Misawa Resort Hotel for two weeks before their plans to stay together at Kirihara Middle School.

“You really like my gift?” asked Saki, who is blushing on Subaru.

“Yes, it was” Subaru answered back.

“The first time we met was almost bad at all, but it seems that you are the one who called as dearest” Tomoka said.

“I call you for me to help and since my problems are gone, I will be able to play well” Airi said while relating to what Tomoka said.

“Oh, I probably like you when you give me some tips to play and I was able to practice with your moves” Hinata told Subaru about her experience as a Keishin player.

“It’s a way of thanking you for making the team had a solid teamwork and it’s almost getting the momentum while playing against Miyu and her team” Maho replied in happiness.

“Just like the girls said, I like your strategy and use this for us to win games, but we hoped that when we enroll at your school, it’s a new challenge for us” Saki said while removing her eyeglasses.

“Thank you, girls. It’s been a long time to say this after you are all graduated from the academy, but are you hopefully let the other five players to enroll at our school?” Subaru said with a grin.

“They probably will” said the girls altogether.

“My twin sisters are hoping to recruit some new girls and it might actually take long time to do it. I asked Mimi to scout some students out there and she did” Natsuhi said.

“I hope Mimi recruited some new members and they will be able to play together with the other girls” Tomoka replied to Natsuhi.

“Sometimes, Mimi’s team has more work to do without us, but I know Mimi will be leading like Tomoka did” Saki said.

“Nothing is expected to see how the Keishin Academy basketball team will be in the next season” Hinata said.

“You bet, Hinata. Your sister is seemingly doing well after we left” Airi replied to Hinata.

“I’m sure she will” Hinata replied back.

“These girls are surely ready to come to my home tomorrow, but I might be thinking about reuniting will have some new plans in the next month” Maho said.

“The team is set for another journey, but it would be a long challenge that we might wait” Tomoka said, much to the girls’ strong energy really looked good.

“You are probably gonna find out when we will see them for the first time. I’m sure that if we need more members especially there’s another place that it was interesting” Subaru said.

“What place did you go there?” asked Hinata.

“Kuoh Academy” answered Subaru.

“Uh, that school is mostly focused on specializing magic and power, but since their athletic team is much weaker than the others” said Saki.

“My take on Kuoh was that even many girls are good in I.Q., they have the liberty to take their responsibilities” Maho added.

“It says here that there are many schools that are having their skills look impressive” said Airi.

“Keishin also had a high school, but they need to improve their program with their own hearts. Since we decided to change our school to your school, Subaru, we will improve your school this time with your efforts to be improved more” said Tomoka.

“Oh, for the record, we have to try our best when we get there and let’s make sure that we will win competitions like the way we did in elementary school” said Hinata.

“Of course, Hinata. I affirm your statement; we will do this once we start our own school year” said Subaru.

“It’s a new chapter for our team and we should start over again, but this time we will help you and your friends” Tomoka said to Subaru.

“I will, Tomoka. You’re my dearest because of your skills. I hope that we’ll fulfill our promise” Subaru replied back gracefully. Tomoka would give Subaru a smile while the girls would smile at Subaru as well.

Subaru and his friends would continue eating their dinner until they finally think about their future is brighter as usual. It seems that Subaru is ready to come out in Nashiba High School with his friends.

As the group left the dining table clean, they prepare to go to the couch and start chatting about Kuoh Academy and the rest. While the group is preparing to open the conversation, Saki’s phone was ringing.

“Who is it?” asked Saki.

“It’s Masami, your childhood friend” answered by Masami, who was cooking sushi.

“So, Masami, what’s the deal?” asked Saki.

“You see, my friends and I will go to the Misawa Resort Hotel and we will expect to spend our vacation before classes start soon” said Masami.

“Okay, I hope you brought your stuff to stop by and visit us here” Saki replied.

“I can bring a delicious special food for you, Saki” said Masami.

“I will be happy to. See you tomorrow” said Saki as she hangs up the phone.

“See you too, Saki” Masami replied as she is focused back on doing her own job as a chef of her own restaurant.

“Oh, I have to admit it, Saki, actually, Masami likes you ever since you help her during the festival” said Hinata.

“Of course, she did well in cooking sushi, but when we were members of a cooking club, we usually share foods before I went to Keishin” Saki said while holding her pendant.

“Are you sure she will be stronger like we did?” asked Hinata.

“Maybe, but I hope that she will definitely be fine soon” Saki replied.

“Let’s hope for Masami and her team to arrive soon” Hinata answered back.

“Sure, she will do whatever she wants” said Saki.

“As I saw records of most jumps, Airi did well as well as Maho and Hinata” Aoi read the statistics for the players during their warmup training earlier.

“That’s what I like it when it comes to blocking and shooting higher during games” Airi replied as she was delighted about the results

“So, when it comes to jumping, Airi, it seems that you have your stamina go high as long as you can block shots or shoot higher than the other centers” Maho said.

“Okay, it means that I am way taller than I look” Airi replied to Maho.

“Oh, I also have the ability to jump higher for as long as I can shoot above the rim” Hinata said.

“It sure is and there’s more there are a few players who had a capacity to jump high and shoot at any site you want” Aoi said.

“Well, I might do that while I’m playing” Hinata replied.

“So, the more you jump high, the more that you may have the capability to block or shoot” Aoi reminded Airi, Hinata and Maho.

“What about if I block the shot then either Maho or Hinata get the ball?” asked Airi.

“Well, it depends on the choice, Airi. Make sure that they have the skills to get the ball no matter it happens” answered Aoi.

“Emulating the strategy to use for offense and defense made sure that we have to play with special abilities” Natsuhi said.

“There are special abilities that were given by the team doctor as well as Subaru about how they got their names based on your personalities” Satsuki said.

“That means, your personality can grow more often for you to focus on the playbook” said Subaru.

“I have the special ability to use floater or lay-up and my style of play allows me to become the captain, that’s why Subaru named my ability Shiny Gift” said Tomoka.

“For my ability, I can see the opponent’s direction and I may able to be more agile as I made shots through the paint or rim, of course, Ice Age is the name of my ability” said Saki.

“When it comes to excitement, I play a lot as well as I’m good on stealing and acceleration, which is going make the name of my ability Fire Works” said Maho.

“Do not make centers getting pressured on while playing. I was able to block shots and shoot higher as I can and my complexity of running is the style I play. So, I called my ability Prismatic Bird” said Airi.

“I made shots with my own tactical skills, but I have good vision of seeing the opponents while having the ball. It’s because Innocent Charm contributed my style of play” said Hinata.

“For Kagetsu, she reminded about how Airi did, but she can able to jump what direction she had to. Well, she would be able to have a strong stamina to win plays against other centers” said Tae.

“Mimi was pressured to play with her own strategy and her style of play is to do what the other French players do. She adopted her personality as a playmaker shooter” said Banri.

“My twins, Tsubaki and Hiiragi, are responsible for attempting to steal plays and able to assist with each other. Because they sure that their opponents may become confused, they can continue to pull others out” said Natsuhi.

“Finally, Masami had never lost her skill after she tends to shoot the ball all over the three and she likes to keep the direction as if she can copy the movements of her opponents” said Aoi.

“For Miyu Aida, Aya Miyakoōji and Rena Ashihara, they have different skills to play, although these girls are combining their skills through an all-out defense or full-court pass” said Satsuki.

“Well, that’s all of the skills for you to use the special ability to win games” said Subaru. “By the way, I heard about Kuoh Academy earlier” Subaru added when he holds a pamphlet which was designed by someone.

“I never heard about it but Kuoh is located in the east of the city center in Tokyo” said Saki.

“That’s right. Kuoh is a school where it is specializing in magic and power, but they never got anything else aside from having the freedom to conduct rules” said Subaru.

“I noticed about a red-haired girl, who has the communication of other members” said Tomoka.

“That’s strange. I might tell you that she had magic in her hands to pull down devils” said Maho.

“I have a good communication with taller students, but I think there isn’t to be found yet in that school” said Airi.

“I once tracked Kuoh to see how they students doing. It seems that no one can cross others” said Hinata.

“Maybe, we should figure it out when we get there” Saki replied. “Just I thought there are some schools that have specialties and there are many experts in any type of specialty.”

“As long as the pamphlet must be returned to the owner, we need to explore the students and let’s start communicating with others” said Hinata.

“That’s a great idea” said Airi. “The students of Kuoh have different positions to be ranked as.”

“Subaru, I might be interested if there are some students who have been good in basketball” said Tomoka.

“I’m going to look for it because it seems that Kuoh had just been a good school without restrictions. Supposedly, I could ask Aoi if there is someone who is good in basketball” said Subaru.

“Of course, I might ask for it” said Aoi.

“We still have plans to do with the class are going to start very soon. So, I will create a schedule for you to start our stay until a new year comes” said Natsuhi.

“It seems that Mimi and her friends are coming tomorrow. We should figure it out on how they will join us in our stay” said Tomoka.

“There is a surprise for them, but I was able to buy a gift for them” said Maho.

“That’s a great idea! Your surprise may treat them fairly” said Saki.

“I also made letter cards to Mimi and others with my inspired designs made by me and Hinata” said Airi.

“The cards would be well-designed and we were able to finish it before our graduation” said Hinata.

“Then, it’s settled. I will probably let the incoming sixth graders to look at our gifts” said Tomoka.

“It’s going to be a big day for them since we adopted a rule for the group: there’s always a blessing for everyone” said Saki.

“I made that rule for everyone while we’re in training, but since this is a vacation stay, they’re probably have free time to do for now” said Subaru.

“According to the calendar, after 210 days of elementary school, we will start planning for our group in Kirihara and we need more friends to come by and starting building for it” said Maho.

“Don’t forget Mimi and the others because they’re probably wanted to follow us since we helped them” said Hinata.

“We have three grade levels of junior high school and we’ll wait for one year to wait the sixth graders to enroll in Kirihara next year” said Airi.

“I’m assured that everybody is prepared for the tomorrow’s activities and we should end our first day of vacation with something interested from Tomoka” said Saki.

“You’re right about it, Saki. Then, let’s go to Maho’s bedroom” said Tomoka as the group went to the second floor and entering to Maho’s bedroom, which has many collections of pictures of Maho and her friends including Tomoka, Saki, Airi and Hinata.

Part 2 will be on the next post.
 
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"After Graduation" Part 2

“Maho, get my notebook” asked Tomoka.

“Well, okay. Our bags were placed in my bedroom, so that, we have a safe room to keep our stuff here” said Maho. Maho pulled Tomoka’s bag and lend the notebook to her.

“Alright, in Keishin, we usually chat to each other through our personal stuff. My notebook will have the collection of things to do with the group and what are the things to remember. As we all know, I figured it out on how we schedule our vacation before April since we have many plans to do before going to Kirihara” said Tomoka.

“As for now, I will be able to tell you that we have to follow the house rules of the group and Subaru has conducted rules when we’re in Keishin. The main rule is “There’s always a blessing for everyone.” Let’s make sure that we will be able to give luck for us” said Maho.

“I adopted some rules like: “Respect the members” and “Make your member a smile” when Maho and I were first classmates in fifth grade. It’s been doing this when we’re joining the basketball team” said Saki.

“I asked Saki to add more rules like “No barging on others” and “Show your appreciation to the group” because I was rewarded during my elementary school days before meeting with Tomoka” said Airi.

“Usually, the rule for stuffed toys and objects can be added because there’s no responsibility to lose some of our personal stuffs like the time when we didn’t have time to play toys to create a fantasy house play in our home” said Hinata.

“When I was entering Keishin, it was a great school to be my second home since my home was nearest from there. I begin to adopt the use of color coding clothes for our team since we’re wearing the clothes of the same color as our hairs” said Tomoka.

“As you know, we have many rules of the group, so that we have to be gentler and kind to everyone” said Maho. “It’s a word for you to be gentleness and kind to us.”

“Once Mimi is sending some papers to us about the new members, we will start training with them until they know about the golden rule in our team” said Saki.

“Passing the torch to the incoming sixth graders will allow them to show their talents stronger like we did before” said Airi.

“Keishin Academy and Kirihara Middle School have some rules while the group has adopted its own rules, so we should respect the rules of both institutions” said Hinata.

“Going to the plans for vacation, I assured that before entering Kirihara, the field trips will be usually happened after the Vernal Equinox Day while the start of the classes will be starting in April, so we have the budget to make sure that we will follow the schedule” said Aoi.

“The graduation is in March, so we have to be able to spend our short vacation before April. I had hopes in planning to do our stuff while we’re on vacation because by April, we will meet some new faces here in Kirihara and build our basketball team soon” said Tomoka.

“Here are the plans that we need to do. An open conversion will happen tomorrow. The storytelling activity will be on Wednesday. Then, the plans by Aoi and her friends will be held on Thursday and Friday. Then, we should go on an outing on Saturday. Finally, an unexpected visit from Tomoka’s childhood friend will be held on Sunday. This is going to be a long schedule to do for the first week” said Maho.

“I was also asking the others to let some friends come on other days, right?” said Saki.

“Yeah” the rest of the group replied.

“It is going to be a fun week before we return to school and I’m sure that we have our stuffs ready including some books and notes for the group” said Airi.

“Subaru, each of the members must list down some things to do. So, you need to write down the notes there and I will be the one to schedule it” said Hinata.

“I will start listing my own” said Subaru as he wrote his own schedule.

“You have training and organization planning” said Saki. “Alright, I will add that to the list.”

“For Maho, she will have a variety show of her own while Tomoka will serve ice cream sundae for us” said Hinata.

“Reading books from Saki, going to a garden for playing from Hinata and going to a beach from myself” said Airi.

“This should be done for at least a week before the second week of vacation” said Aoi.

“I have more ideas like drama show and fireworks display. I was participating at any town festivals on my home with my parents because I am enjoying a lot” said Tomoka.

“Going to the list of activities we will be doing. Let’s make sure that we need space for the incoming sixth graders” said Maho. Then, the schedule was done with a little adjustment.

“We should start doing the activities from time to time and let’s make the vacation stay the best” said Tomoka. All of the members of the group agreed on Tomoka. Later, Airi, Saki and Tomoka were sitting next to each other in the rug while Hinata and Maho were sitting on Maho’s bed.

“Before you ask, the team had found one of the objects, which was owned by someone” Tomoka asked Subaru when she inspects a letter card.

“Seems that you found it before we enter to this mansion” said Subaru.

“I might say the item that Tomoka found was belonged to a band member from another school” said Saki.

“A word from Aoi said that the item was used for promoting the band, but this one is where they are promoting the music club itself” said Airi.

“First, that item must be returned to the rightful owner, then, let’s ask from the members to know what they’re doing. Finally, we have to recognize the names” said Tomoka.

“I like your idea, but since it is vacation, we have to find first the home of the band, which was far away from the mansion” said Subaru, who was wondering about how to get there.

“Of course, not. A member might be your friend” said Airi.

“Who do you think it is?” asked Tomoka.

“A deep lavender-haired girl who loves to play the guitar while the other two girls are her bandmates. While they’re playing, a boy was also pledging to join the band, but it seems that he lost track” said Saki.

“I remember the name before. Her name is Jun Gotō” said Tomoka.

“Jun Gotō. So, that item must be belonged to her” said Airi.

“Yes, it is. And I might visit to her school at some point after class when we get there, but we can go to her home instead. Her home is nearer than my home” said Tomoka.

“Quite to say, Tomoka, I have to ask her about the letter that they lost; since she is a band member, I would like to learn about their school’s music club” said Saki.

“There’s a schedule that Aoi and Mimi have organized, so we should schedule a visit to Jun’s house on Thursday. So, I still wait to see my childhood friend to come on Sunday” said Tomoka.

“Well, I could ask Aoi about the band because it seems that Tomoka had a friend from her previous school before she entered Keishin” said Subaru.

“Before entering Keishin, I had friends knowing about my skill to play, but when they left me because of my obsession, I didn’t lose Jun. When I left the team, I re-traced all over again before Maho saw me out of nowhere” said Tomoka.

“Another clue was connected to that item because you and Jun are once being classmates” said Saki.

“It means that some of her bandmates must know about Tomoka and especially Tomoka had begun to refresh herself after being transferred” said Airi.

“Good point, Airi. I know that the club is referring as “the angels” and they love to play music which means that I didn’t ask them to see my skills before I began to obsess” said Tomoka.

“I frankly know about Jun, but maybe you need to reconnect your friends from your former school before we can finally learn about the situation” said Saki.

“Okay, I will be glad to because I have to impress her by doing my style of play” Tomoka replied.

“But there’s a problem. You see, the music club has been open only after class, but I’m sure that she is interested in you again” said Subaru.

“I’m sure you will visit her home by Thursday, so it’s nice to call for visit at the mansion” said Saki.

“Okay, I like your suggestion, but I might call her tomorrow because there’s no way I could connect her at night” said Tomoka.

“Do your stuff, but we still have to time before we will have to sleep later” said Airi.

“Okay, I will call her” Tomoka replied as she calls Jun on the phone. Later, Jun open her phone to call Tomoka and begin their conversation.

“Tomoka, it’s you. What are you doing right now?” asked Jun.

“I’m trying to ask you to come to the mansion. Are you in for after we visit your home?” Tomoka replied.

“I’ll be glad to. We don’t have classes because we ended our school year likewise we are also graduated” said Jun. “I’ll be a high school student and stay at my school next month when the classes are about to start.”

“Nice news you got. So, will you let your band members to come as well?” asked Tomoka.

“They will. As of now, they’re having some practice to play before we will admit to enroll at my school” said Jun.

“Are you actually performing your song for us?” asked Tomoka.

“We’ll do it, but only if we would be able to finish our practice before the weekend. Instead, I will show you some keys to play” said Jun.

“You bet. I hope you found something interested to us” said Tomoka.

“I can do that for sure. I’ll see you on Thursday, bye for now” said Jun.

“Bye, Jun” said Tomoka as the conversation has ended. Maho appeared behind Saki and Hinata pulled the hand of Tomoka.

“Oh, Jun Gotō is a leader of the band. She is joined by Nozomi Momijidani and Sora Kaneshiro, the other two members” Hinata said while she is researching about Jun Gotō and her band.

“Everybody knows about Jun’s Angels because they have specific nicknames. As long as Jun sings, her band members did too” said Maho.

“You mean the band is coming on Thursday?” asked Hinata.

“They will come after we visited Jun’s home” answered Tomoka.

“Aside from the band, there are some students who were close to Jun” said Airi.

“That band is focused on music and that’s why they perform inside and outside” said Maho.

“As the band wanted to perform well in front of us, I will make sure that they have to show their skills” said Saki.

“A band composed of three girls and there are some acquaintances from the school” said Tomoka.

“Let’s see, there’s more” said Hinata.

“A guy who is joining with the girl named Kyō Nukui” said Maho.

“Subaru, this guy is focusing on a relationship with Jun. You did well with Tomoka” said Airi.

“Yeah, we did” said Tomoka and Subaru.

“We made a close relationship and I was able to play with my own style during games” said Tomoka.

“We have to make sure that the guy should know about his relationship with Jun” said Subaru.

“I hope he would have a close relationship, but this would take it too long” said Maho.

“Girls, we have a work to do tomorrow, so let’s start preparing for activities” said Subaru.

“We’ll do” all the girls replied. Subaru and the group will prepare their stuff to start the activities on the next day before they’ll go to Jun Gotō’s house which is located at the Tamagawa District on Thursday. The town is located 2 miles away from the resort hotel.

UP NEXT: Chapter 2: "The Bravehearts"
 
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In this next chapter, it will be the first appearance for Mimi Balguerie, Tsubaki Takenaka, Hiiragi Takenaka, Kagetsu Hakamada and Masami Fujii (after cameo on the first chapter). Also, a teaser for the third chapter will conclude this chapter. Enjoy!

VOLUME 1: “A BLESSING START”
CHAPTER 2: “THE BRAVEHEARTS”

On the next day, Mimi and her group are walking on the road as they are going to the Misawa Resort Hotel.

“You seem to be exciting, Tsubaki. I never thought that we will meet Tomoka and her friends at the mansion to begin our stay with them until we return to Keishin next month” said Mimi.

“I’m very excited that we will go there” said Tsubaki.

“Just like what Mimi said, we will be ready to have an open conversation with them” said Hiiragi.

“A reunion with the girls of Subaru and probably I will give Saki a gift as well” said Masami.

“Well, my sister is in the mansion and I was able to help her and Airi to find my perfect clothes for my time in vacation here” said Kagetsu.

“By the way, I love your new clothes you got, Kagetsu” said Mimi.

“Oh, thank you, Mimi. I believe that you are going to be my classmate next month in the same section” said Kagetsu.

“You’re right. Masami will join section 6-B and TsubaHii will join section 6-A. It’s not going to be the same group that we have to work on with basketball, but we will recruit some young students soon” said Mimi.

“Did you hear that, Hiiragi? We’ll be classmates” said Tsubaki.

“Of course, not. I heard about Tomoka’s friend from her former school is transferring to Kirihara as well” said Hiiragi.

“Probably I wanted to meet her on Sunday so that we have to ask her to play basketball” said Masami.

“Hold on, Masami. That friend was the one who turned away from Tomoka because of the latter’s obsession of playing basketball. I know she has problems on her, but Masami, you got the same problem with Saki, right?” said Kagetsu.

“Well, I never got into this situation, the question about that is can Tomoka feel sorry for her for what she had done before, but I’m sure Tomoka would understand about it” said Masami.

“I contracted her. Her name is Michiko Takeda” said Mimi. “Takeda is Tomoka’s childhood friend from her former school. It seems that Tomoka wanted to be happy with her again, but Michiko had been bickering with her for a year after Tomoka left for Keishin.”

“Vowing to reconcile with the friend will let the two to become friends again” said Hiiragi.

“I hope Michiko and Tomoka will end their problems right away” said Tsubaki.

“I hope so. Even though Saki said when Tomoka had many friends before they turned away from her, Tomoka had to bring back her old friends before they might forget her again” said Masami.

“Eventually, Tomoka would begin recognizing them again with her pure heart” said Kagetsu.

“We finally made it, girls. This is the home of Maho Misawa. Her family owns a mansion” said Mimi as she is pointing the mansion.

Mimi and her friends have finally reached the gate of the mansion. Mimi pressed the doorbell. “I’m Mimi Balguerie. I’m a student from Keishin Academy. I’m with my teammates, Tsubaki and Hiiragi Takenaka, Masami Fujii and Kagetsu Hakamada.”

The gate was opened to let the girls view the mansion. Kunai Hisai said to Mimi, “You must be Maho’s teammates from Keishin. It appears that Maho and her friends are on the terrace today. They are waiting for you.”

“Uh, can we put our bags to the couch, so that we will go to the terrace?” asked Mimi. Kunai Hisai accepted Mimi’s request as Mimi and her friends are waving their hands to see Tomoka and the group.

“Mimi. TsubaHii. Masami. Kagetsu. Welcome to my mansion, my home. This is the terrace where we will start our open conversation soon” said Maho.

“You see, we wanted to give you gifts to you while we’re preparing our stuff to start the open conversation” said Tomoka. “The gifts are at the couch. Get your gifts right there.”

Mimi and her group went to the living room and found the gifts at the coach where they are displayed with name tags.

“Wow!” the girls exclaimed.

“These gifts are adorable” said Mimi.

“They’re so beautiful” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

“It has to be my favorite pendant” said Masami.

“Probably it’s your lucky day” said Kagetsu.

The girls opened and revealed their gifts that were given by Tomoka and her friends. Mimi got a new book about basketball, Tsubaki got a glass tumbler, Hiiragi got a key chain, Masami got a new pendant and Kagetsu got a plush toy resembled of a bunny.

“I love this and that’s the book I need to train more with my shooting skills” said Mimi.

“These gifts will fit for our collection, Hiiragi” said Tsubaki.

“We would be able to buy our new cabinet drawers” said Hiiragi.

“This pendant is the most beautiful that I got” said Masami.

“Oh, this bunny is much cuter than the one I bought before” said Kagetsu.

“Masami. We should give Tomoka and the others a treat” said Mimi.

“You bet” said Masami, who was cheerful after she loves her pendant. Mimi and the girls went out of the living room and Masami gave the girls a food, made by her.

“Wow! Well-cooked futomakis for us!” said Tomoka and the girls.

“Of course. That’s one of my specialties made by my father and myself” said Masami. Tomoka and the girls eat their food and they love it.

“It’s delicious!” said Tomoka.

“It seems that you made this for us after you expected to see how it looks like” said Saki.

“I was lucky that this food was well-cooked and it has many flavors that were seen” said Maho.

“I like yakitori and sukiyaki, but this one was the best” said Airi.

“Oh, I like sushi too. I also like salmon, omelette and sushi rice” said Hinata.

“Say, Masami, Saki was appreciated about your cooking skills, but also, she also cooked our food for us as well” said Tomoka.

“Tomoka, I usually made myself to do sushis, but it seems that I am no longer bickering with Saki, we’re friendly to each other right now” said Masami.

“We should start eating in the terrace with my own okonomiyaki” said Saki. Later, the girls began to eat their foods as Saki made her own style of okonomiyaki and a blueberry juice.

“Much better, Saki. That’s what my helpers also made food for our family and it seems that I was helping my father to serve food as well as desserts. My desserts are here too, so you can eat all you want” said Maho.

“Thanks, Maho. I’m pretty glad that you helped me serving some dessert” said Saki.

“Of course, not. These desserts were made by yours truly” said Maho.

“Actually, Subaru mentioned about how foods were served with friendship” said Airi.

“Oh, thanks for reminding me for that. Possibly I didn’t want to spoil you” said Maho.

“I could also try to cook too because I also shared you with my food after I made some soup” said Tomoka.

“Being a captain surely needs someone who is trustworthy and I realized that I should be doing this too” said Mimi.

“Like other players, people love to cook while there are some specialists have their own hobbies” said Saki.

“Did I mention about why you girls also love to cook?” said Hiiragi.

“It’s because they have some special talents other than basketball. I hope that they continued to do their specialties after we played basketball” said Tsubaki.

“Nothing is bad about how the girls are generous to others because I personally believe about how they were being respectful to each other” said Kagetsu.

“Saki, I was being admired about how you cook, but there are many choices we can eat depend on your own preference” said Airi.

“Most of my servings were inspired from my parents and also I began to serve foods at my restaurant. Just in case you know, rich families were taking some advantages and they ended up being more trustful to others” said Saki.

“Giving some tips on how we do we do with your own specialties should allow anyone to deserve what they got” said Hinata.

“Appreciate your friends, share your talents, build your friendship to others and adopt yourself to be the best are the things that we did and by the way, girls, as a whole family of friends, we would be able to commit together to show their love and wisdom” said Tomoka.

“Do not hurt someone’s feelings over your bad lucks. Being wisdom is one of the principles of my family since we hold gatherings during summer and winter vacation” said Airi.

“My family is much respectful to anyone and as a daughter of the rich, I allow anyone to eat here at my mansion. I have shared about how we accomplish every goal in Keishin before we decided to go to Kirihara for next school year” said Maho.

“Girls, Subaru was reminding me about the new players from Keishin basketball team” said Masami. “I found at least five members who were good in playing basketball, but of course, I remembered someone when I was going back home. Her name is Himeko Katayama. She is an incoming fifth grader and she had an experience of running.”

“I met Himeko during an intramural competition in our home. She said that she was determined to be a great basketball player” said Kagetsu. “Katayama is a small forward and was previously being in try-outs in her former school before she was transferring to Keishin.”

“Well, nice description about Himeko Katayama. She is a good ace player like me and Tomoka” said Mimi. “We still have more students who were good in playing basketball, so that we would be able to begin our training soon.”

“Natsuhi mentioned about how the Keishin basketball team has recruited some students in the fifth and sixth grade and since Mimi and the girls have to do their jobs right away, they’ll make sure that we will win against Suzuridani and some schools in the block” said Tsubaki.

“Getting more players in the basketball team is a long way of process to do and while you are in Nashiba, Aoi and Kazunari will be starting to recruit you to play for the team. My brother will be taking part of the team” said Hiiragi.

“Because every school has their own system of recruiting players, they will refresh themselves and they will begin their own chapter” said Masami. “Mimi, will you report some players to see how they go when you call them soon?”

“We’ll be working on that, Masami. By the way, Aoi was guiding you to train for special abilities by Thursday and while on it, the recruits will start training in the court” said Mimi.

“There’s only one thing we have to do with the newly recruits” said Tsubaki.

“And what’s that?” said Mimi.

“The newly recruits will battle against all of us” said Hiiragi.

“What!” the other girls shouted, thinking that these newly recruits will play against the last year’s roster.

“No way!” said Kagetsu.

“That’s ridiculous!” said Masami.

“Are you kidding me, Hiiragi?” said Masami.

“I know that we will be tracking them to see how they play against us, but don’t be so surprised to the twins” said Hiiragi.

“We know about that” said Mimi, Masami, Kagetsu and Maho said.

“Let’s get these things serious, Hiiragi, because we, the sixth graders, will have our own activity to share with you by Thursday” said Tsubaki.

“I’m not gonna be embarrassed by those surprising things” said Kagetsu. “Our activities are track and field activities as well as obstacle drills.”

“I like athletic subjects, that’s why we have those in our physical education class” said Airi.

“Oh, one question. Tsubaki, Hiiragi, will you please stop shouting to us with your surprises?” asked Hinata.

“Sorry for doing that” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi. They were nodded together.

“Kagetsu, how many teams will be competing?” asked Hinata.

“Okay, Hinata. There will be four teams and I will be announcing this when those newly recruits will come here on Thursday. The problem is that one of Tomoka’s friends will come as well” answered Kagetsu.

“You’re correct, Kagetsu. Jun’s Angels will come on Thursday and Michiko Takeda will come on Sunday, so it’s going to be a week of reunions for me to refresh myself from the past. So, I’ll be giving the duties to our girls for other activities” said Tomoka.

“Tomorrow, it’s going to be a variety show where Airi, Hinata and I will be performing for you to make things exciting, energizing and extravagant” said Maho.

“Yeah. We’ll be doing this for you, girls” said Airi.

“Kagetsu, are you sure that these things will be set?” said Hinata.

“Yes. According to Miho, these newly recruits will have to think about how they will make it to the team by giving their own skills” said Kagetsu.

“I assumed that Subaru and Aoi are going to join us in the variety show, but I will have the role in the variety show tomorrow” said Airi.

“But, Subaru and his friends are in Kirihara, he is filling our names to enroll in Kirihara Middle School. So, we should be ready for that by the time the outing comes” said Tomoka.

“Even Natsuhi and Banri aren’t here, we will be starting the open conversation soon” said Airi.

“Oh, you’re right. Well, then. Let’s finish our food, so that we will start the open conversation” said Tomoka.

“We’ll do it” all the girls replied as they finished eating their foods, however, they also bring some desserts and blueberry juice as they will begin the open conversation.

Part 2 will be on the next post.
 
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"The Bravehearts" Part 2

Mimi saw someone from the gate. They were Aoi, Subaru, Banri, Natsuhi, Tae and Satsuki. They were returned from school. Subaru had announced to the group, “Girls, we’ll be going to Nashiba High School on Saturday after the enrollment at Kirihara and Kazunari will be joining with us where we’ll have a meeting of the players of Nashiba High School basketball team.”

Tomoka, Maho, Airi, Saki and Hinata were glad about the announcement and this means that the five will be officially enrolling at Kirihara Middle School as seventh graders. They will have to finish their process by going to the school to take their identification card for the school.

“Thank you, Subaru” said Tomoka.

“We finally become students in Kirihara” said Maho.

“I’m glad about the announcement” said Hinata.

“I feel excited to study in Kirihara in a few weeks” said Airi.

“No worries, Subaru” said Saki.

“Oh, Banri, Natsuhi, Satsuki and Tae have prepared some groceries to serve food later on” said Subaru.

“Mihoshi will be here later tonight” said Aoi.

“That means that Subaru’s aunt will be back soon” said Banri.

“I feel exciting about this” said Maho.

“Me too. I’m so glad that she’ll be joining us in our stay” said Tomoka.

“She has many blessings when we were listening to her” said Hinata.

“Usually, she likes to share us about Subaru and his team” said Airi.

“Subaru, you’re a real dealer and make sure that your aunt is helping you a lot” said Saki.

“She will be asking about the information of Tomoka’s friends and Kuoh Academy and while she’s here, I will be arranging proposals to her” said Subaru.

“Subaru, we’ll start the activities, soon. So, Mimi is waiting for you” said Tomoka.

“Oh, okay, Tomoka. I guess that I’ll be ready for this” said Subaru. The open conversation activity begins while the incoming sixth graders are waiting for Subaru, Aoi and the members to start the conversation. Minutes later, Mimi, Subaru and Aoi are sitting next to each other.

“Subaru. Aoi. If you believed that most of the elementary school students who had an opportunity to enter junior high school, there are some students who have their own hearts to be loyal in their school. For me, I’m planning to enroll at Kirihara over other schools for middle school. What do you call the system that you made when Tomoka and the girls have broken the tradition to remain loyal at Keishin for junior high school?” asked Mimi.

“It’s the Hasegawa Clause” said Aoi.

“My scouting of players was my priority even though that I was able to help my father to find some students who were good in basketball as well as my friends in Kirihara Middle School” said Subaru.

“The Hasegawa Clause is where a student from Keishin Academy had to transfer from that school to another school that was being loyal to Subaru Hasegawa. Followers of Subaru are also scouting players in which Keishin Academy basketball team has interchanged with Kirihara Middle School” said Mimi.

“This is the rule for the basketball team only in Keishin and some others may end up staying in Keishin for junior high school, but most of Tomoka’s classmates from her batch are remained at Keishin while her friends were responsible of transferring to Kirihara for the next school year” said Subaru.

“Regarding the clause to allow students who were friends of Subaru and his team to leave Keishin for Kirihara through an interchanging system that most of the Keishin Academy students are preferred to follow Subaru Hasegawa through his scouting AI, in case of students who were close to Tomoka and her friends; as they wanted to follow suit for Tomoka and her friends, they believed that it’s their responsibility of trying to stick together” said Aoi.

“Subaru. Looks like some other students who were loyal to you are trying to contribute on while you and batchmates are tracking some students to play basketball” said Mimi.

“I wasn’t mentioned about my friends, but while the basketball team was inactive, I went to Keishin to coach there and decided to report the players to Kazunari” said Subaru.

“So, if Kazunari is scouting some players too, then Tomoka and her group would become the targets for the girls’ basketball team in Kirihara” said Aoi.

“That is exactly correct, Aoi” said Subaru.

“Well, then. I have some reports regarding the new players including Himeko Katayama. This is going to be a serious mission for us while we’re in Keishin. I would be able to tell you about the players when they’ll arrive on Thursday” said Mimi.

“I agree” said Subaru. Meanwhile, Saki and Maho were talking to each other about the variety show.

“You’re the main star for the variety show, you should talk to Subaru later on” said Saki.

“Okay, but I will be thinking if he and Aoi will join us tomorrow” said Maho.

“Just make sure that when their conversation is done, it’s your turn” said Saki.

“Okay, I will do something for them” said Maho.

“I’ll make sure that I will be working on the players soon” said Mimi.

“You bet” said Subaru. Maho appeared as she is giving dumplings to Mimi, Subaru and Aoi.

“Maho, you are here to give me some dumplings” said Subaru.

“Yeah, that’s what I have to do for tomorrow’s variety show” said Maho.

“In that case, did you have some practice for that activity?” said Subaru.

“Yes, I have some roles to play while Hinata and Airi are going to have their roles as well. Glad that you like my dumplings, Subaru, I encourage you to join the show” said Maho.

“Okay” said Subaru, but Aoi would ask Subaru.

“Subaru, I wanted to take the role for the variety show as well, so that I can perform for the role play” said Aoi.

“Okay, Aoi. Maho, can you let Aoi join the show because she likes to perform?” asked Subaru.

“Well, okay. Aoi, you’re coming with me” said Maho as she is taking Aoi out of the conversation while Subaru and Mimi were remained in the conversation.

“No, no, Maho. What are you gonna do with her?” asked Saki.

“I will give Aoi a role for the variety show” said Maho.

“What should I do to them?” asked Saki.

“Ask Subaru to open another topic” said Maho.

“Okay, Maho. I will make sure that Aoi has to memorize anything” said Saki, who left to talk with Subaru and Mimi. “Subaru, did you have any topics that you want to share?”

“Yes, Saki. I will open another topic for Kyoto” said Subaru.

“That place is interesting and we already been there last year” said Saki. “Did you have plans for a returned trip?”

“Probably, I wanted to let Mimi and the team to join the trip, so that we will have more time to spend in Kyoto” said Subaru.

“There is a summer vacation, so we could go there if we want, but make sure that you won’t affect your school’s basketball training” said Mimi.

“I’ll think about that” said Subaru. Later, Subaru was thinking about who will be coaching for Keishin basketball team after he will be stepping down as the manager of the team.

“What are you in mind about coaching for Mimi?” said Saki.

“I wanted to let Mihoshi to coach the team, but some middle and high schoolers have their own duties too. I prefer to have a professional coach for the team. Maybe, my father will coach the team” said Subaru.

“Ginga is the team consultant for Keishin in recent months. You are nailing something better. I will have a proposal to him if he can be coaching us” said Mimi.

“Okay. The principles of coaching the team are made in two things: he analyzes the situation and he has to give the players their roles. The Dazzled Copy is one of the skills that you will be able to copy the movements and playing styles of Tomoka, Airi, Maho, Hinata and mine” said Saki.

“We’ll have that when the classes are started soon” said Mimi.

“Good luck with that and make sure that you said to my father that we’ll be proposing a returned trip to Kyoto soon” said Subaru.

“I will” said Mimi as Subaru left the conversation. Later, Hinata and Kagetsu appeared while Saki had reminded Mimi about the activities for Thursday.

“You’re most likely asking for topics, am I right?” said Saki.

“Yeah, I will talk about fashion” said Hinata.

“I like Kagetsu’s green shirt. It was so nice that you and Airi bought more clothes” said Saki.

“Thank you, Saki. Hinata, Airi and I were buying some clothes after the graduation where I was able to save my money to wear for the vacation” said Kagetsu.

“My dress is elegant with my favorite is with the color blue” said Mimi.

“I like my peach-colored short since I wear it for many times” said Hinata.

“There are many casual clothes we used when we’re on an outing or a park. Like many people wearing casual clothes for normal lives, we adopted the color coding system that we used to when we wear our clothes when there are specific events” said Saki.

“Doing the color coding system allows us to look beautiful like we are wearing today” said Hinata.

“Oh, you’re right. My light blue dress was one of the attires I wear during mornings” said Saki.

“Me too Saki. I usually wear blue clothes and I occasionally wearing seasonal clothes too” said Mimi.

“It seems that the new players are looking forward to follow the tradition like the way we did, but it seems that they’re going to wear their normal clothes before we adopt the system to give the students to wear on what specific event they are going to” said Kagetsu.

“It appears that you are wearing magenta clothes, but since you’re wearing green, it’s okay to wear the cloth that is not on the list and despite of that, you had a pink shirt, which is more beautiful to wear for color combination” said Hinata.

“That’s right, Hinata. I love color combination clothes because Mimi usually wear two clothes on top and bottom” said Kagetsu.

“It appears that Tomoka is calling you, Saki and Mimi” said Hinata.

“Uh, okay. See you later, girls” said Saki as she and Mimi leave the conversation while Airi and Masami appeared at the scene.

“Hinata, I also like topics related to fashion” said Airi.

“Airi. Masami. You’re wearing both hats and eyeglasses, so let’s talk about it” said Hinata.

“I never wear eyeglasses before, but it seems that I began to be pretty after all” said Airi.

“By the time Tomoka arrives, you will know about what would be the name of our group. I never wear eyeglasses before, but can I borrow that, Masami?” said Kagetsu.

“Sure. Here you go” said Masami as she gave the eyeglasses to Kagetsu. As Kagetsu is wearing it, she is looked like a smart geek and is satisfied about it.

“Your glasses are awesome. I have those on my bag as well as my hat” said Kagetsu.

“I have to admit, Hinata. Your sister is really less excited, despite of being energetic” said Airi.

“Well, she likes to be a fashion designer and sometimes, she will have to bring anything what she bought” said Hinata.

“Come on, Hinata. We should join Airi to talk about anything else about fashion” said Kagetsu.

“Okay. Airi, let’s go” said Hinata.

“Well, then. Will you join us?” said Airi.

“No thanks, Airi. Tomoka, Tsubaki and Hiiragi will come soon. Okay, you can go now” Masami replied.

“Okay. Once you’re about to change your mind, you can ask me again, okay?” said Airi as she leaves the conversation along with Hinata and Kagetsu.

“I would” said Masami. She would see Tomoka, Tsubaki and Hiiragi, who is holding a basketball.

“I realized that the conversation was looking good, but we’re the remaining ones staying outside because the rest of the members are in the mansion already” said Tomoka.

“Don’t worry, girls. We would continue this later” said Tsubaki.

“Yeah, great idea” said Hiiragi. The four were walking to the living room where they will talk about a new name for the group. Tomoka gave the three a glass of water after Tomoka and TsubaHii were training on their own.

“I was wondering what would be the name of the group for us” said Tsubaki.

“Well, we should call the group as The Bravehearts” said Hiiragi.

“That’s it! Bravehearts would be the name of the group as compared to Jun’s Angels” said Tomoka.

“Nice nickname what you got” said Masami. “You will be telling anyone later on and I would be promised that we should bear the name for the team.”

“Thank you, Masami” said Tsubaki.

“I decided to make “Bravehearts” to be the name for the group because we’re originally came from Keishin and we decided to give everyone what we always follow the principles of the school. There is one word about basketball: willpower” said Hiiragi.

“Willpower could make us strong and we will use the special skills once we’re in the game” said Tomoka. “Nobody will make mistakes and the willpower can be the key to make my new team stronger than our first formation. The connection between the old and the new must form a new group. I mean, it would not be a re-incarnation, but an evolution of the group.”

“I love your spirit and willpower, Tomoka. It even more enthusiastic to be a basketball player because you are the one who made us refreshed from being rivals. Natsuhi said that his team began to be loyal to Subaru and that’s why this is what we wanted to make Keishin and Kirihara a sister school and we should concentrate on our new mission” said Tsubaki.

“Being a sixth grader would be not make things easy, but it’s a true challenge for me to excel in studies and basketball. I would be wondering why we are trying to call us dearest?” said Hiiragi.

“Subaru said to us that all of the members from the first formation of the girls’ basketball team as dearests. He feels about Tomoka to be the ace of the team and she also help us to play hard so that we would win games” said Masami.

“No, Masami. Subaru wanted us to have the willpower to win games and we should commit to play in Keishin. It’s been a year since Subaru formed this team and we have to be more responsible and every time we commit mistakes, we cope them to make these things right. I’m sure you’ll learn the lesson about trying to build a team that has pure heart. It will be a new Bravehearts and we should start working together” said Tomoka.

“We’ll do for the hearts of Keishin, we promise!” said Masami, Tsubaki and Hiiragi as the Bravehearts are hoping to fulfill their promise since its first formation of Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team. Later at dusk, Mihoshi Takamura arrived.

UP NEXT: Chapter 3: "The Admiration"
 
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Apologies if I adjusted the sentences as well as the Jun Gotō's name. But anyway, here is the description for the third chapter. As Mihoshi Takamura arrived at Maho's mansion, she tells Tomoka and her friends about the plans for this week as well as in reconciling Tomoka's childhod friend Michiko Takeda. Also, there's a story about why Airi Kashii became the fifth member of the group before forming the Keishin Academy girls' basketball team. The Bravehearts are prepared to meet the newly recruits and Jun's Angels tomorrow. Enjoy!

VOLUME 1: “A BLESSING START”
CHAPTER 3: “THE ADMIRATION”

At the beginning of the vacation week, the Bravehearts stayed at the Misawa Resort Hotel, so that they would begin their plans in hoping to become new students of Kirihara Middle School. It’s day number two and it’s only two weeks before the new school year starts. It seems that they did pretty well on the activities today, they still have more activities to come and everyone knows that they will meet with Jun’s Angels as well as to reconcile with Tomoka’s childhood friend Michiko Takeda. It seems that the Bravehearts are about to move on and they seek to meet some new friends even in Kuoh Academy. Later at dusk, Mihoshi Takamura is coming tonight.

“Mihoshi!” said the girls as their adviser from their former school appeared while wearing her new clothes that Subaru wore during the graduation of the girls. The girls hug on Mihoshi and let her seat beside Subaru.

“How’s the vacation?” said Mihoshi.

“Yes, we have many things in the mansion and we wanted to bring you to this mansion because Subaru had arranged a proposal for the new group” said Tomoka.

“So, are you asking for the proposal for the group? Okay, I’ll say this, but I will tell you one thing. As you all know, I was wondering if I can handle either Mimi’s section or Masami’s section next month. It’s tough to decide, but I would end up picking Mimi’s section to be my new home to be the adviser of this class” said Mihoshi.

“About the proposal, Subaru had plans in trying to bring the legacy of the team since we were no longer students of Keishin Academy as we will be transferring to Subaru’s former school, Kirihara Middle School” said Maho.

“I told Aoi about how we would deal the proposal where the Hasegawa Clause can only be made by the first members of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team and that’s us” said Airi.

“I feel happy about your return and Subaru told us about your thoughts in some facts about Jun’s Angels, Michiko Takeda and Kuoh Academy” said Saki.

“We promised about sticking together with Subaru because he is the one who helped us building the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team to be on top and moments later, we finally become loyal to him” said Hinata. “Mihoshi, what is the status of our enrollment to Kirihara?”

“Your enrollments for Kirihara Middle School are done in the process and Kazunari will invite you to visit Nashiba on Saturday” said Mihoshi.

“We only have four days before we go to Kirihara to finalize your enrollment for next school year. I believe that we are set to finalize our papers and all of you will be enjoyed staying at Kirihara” said Subaru.

“That’s great! Basically, high schoolers are preferred to choose their own decisions whether you stay at home or rent a house for your friends or yourself. I will finally start my new life in this mansion from now on” said Tomoka.

“This mansion might be our permanent home of the Bravehearts starting April, which means that we have so many privileges to enjoy our stay here. My father will talk to your parents to agree the terms for you to stay here and we’ll make sure that this is going to be our new home” said Maho.

“Also, Mimi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami and Kagetsu, you will have to stay at our mansion when you’re reaching high school, but since Subaru recognize you, you’re all welcome to stay here” said Saki.

“Thanks, Saki!” said Mimi, Masami, Kagetsu, Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

“You see, everyone has homes and most of the Tokyoites usually stay at their own, but others preferred to move to another place with friends. I finally have to let my family members to work at our sports gym for the meantime” said Airi.

“Aside from that, it’s either the choice of renovating the room or overhauling it. I might prefer to renovate Maho’s room and the rooms for guests will be permanently belonged to us” said Hinata.

“Subaru, let’s sleep together with me” said Tomoka.

“Okay. Aoi and Mihoshi said that we’ll also stay here as well. Is that right?” said Subaru.

“Yes, we are” said Aoi and Mihoshi.

“Our team will also relocate our homes to this mansion, thanks to Subaru” said Aoi.

“You too, Aoi” said Subaru.

“As an adviser of this class, I wanted to thank you for coming here because it’s been a while, busy at work in Keishin as well as parent-teacher meetings for the parents. By the way, aside from the twelve that are listed as “Transferred to Another School”, the other six students from this class are also leaving for another school” said Mihoshi.

“I talked to my teammates and they said that some will remain at Keishin for junior high school, but luckily, I have four teammates are transferring to Kirihara Middle School” said Natsuhi. “Mihoshi, you mean majority of your class are leaving Keishin?”

“Yes, it is. There are other students are also leaving Keishin for other schools. In total, there are 45 of 243 students are transferring to Kirihara Middle School” said Mihoshi.

“Primarily, they wanted to follow our group to keep their friendship with them even that they aren’t playing basketball” said Subaru.

“It seems that we have some new acquaintances and of course, we will meet them soon” said Aoi.

“That’s exactly correct, Aoi. I trust Subaru and the girls because they try to build the girls’ basketball team so that they will have many opportunities” said Mihoshi.

“Well, it seems that next month, Mimi and her group will handle the duties, in turn, I have a proposal to give you, but first, can we talk about Kuoh Academy?” asked Subaru.

“Uh, sure” said Mihoshi. “Before I entered the mansion, I saw a group of students who were having a mission and then a yellow-haired girl asked me to give this letter to you”

“What’s this letter says?” asked Subaru.

“It says, “They will be coming on Saturday at Nashiba High School.” That means, these members are going to your school while the girls are finalizing their requirements to enroll there” said Mihoshi.

“So, are those students, who were asking you, coming from Kuoh Academy?” asked Subaru.

“Yes. They wear white uniforms and usually the boys wear black pants and the girls wear purple skirts” said Mihoshi.

“I get it. These students from Kuoh Academy must find some partners to join at any mission” said Saki.

“Mihoshi, when those students are coming to us, maybe we should ask about what they are doing” said Maho.

“Okay. This letter appears to be belonged to an organization in their academy. Its name is the Occult Research Club” said Mihoshi.

“It appears that we will be encountering with another group of students” said Hinata.

“I’m sure that the students from ORC are friendly to anyone, but we don’t know whether they will be also friendly to us” said Mihoshi.

“Assumed that they are coming, we have to ask Kazunari about that organization” said Tomoka.

“That’s right. Kazunari has many duties to do and in case you’re wondering, he went to some schools to observe the students” said Mihoshi.

“Subaru, I think you should ask them if they have their basketball team in their school” said Airi.

“Yes, Airi, the school has a basketball team, but they aren’t doing well unlike in Kirihara and Nashiba. Even the girls’ basketball team because Kirihara and Nashiba have experience on winning while Kuoh hasn’t win any games” said Subaru.

“My observation about their basketball team in Kuoh is that the players are developing on their skills, but they don’t have their special skills” said Aoi.

“Neither the captain nor the players have to work harder because they have the lack of using the abilities to fit their strategy” said Maho.

“Beating the strategy of other schools has tendencies, but for some reason, they have the strengths and the weaknesses they encountered” said Saki.

“Kuoh Academy had acquired some good players to play basketball, but they referred to join swimming, tennis and track and field teams” said Tomoka.

“So, Mihoshi, what do you prefer in observing the students in our class?” asked Hinata.

“I checked their profile of students and it says that most of the students are preferred to be good in Mathematics” said Mihoshi. “Of course, the language skills are other students who referred to be good at.”

“Did you also check the blood types of students?” said Airi.

“Yes, Airi. Many of the students are coming from the blood type A group while people who have their blood types of AB and O were identical. Students whose blood type is B are the least” said Mihoshi.

“You’re a good aunt in observing the profile of students” said Subaru.

“Thank you, Subaru. So, are you also wanted to know about our proposal?” said Mihoshi.

“Yeah” said Subaru and the group.

“Okay. Our proposal is that we will be building a new home to be owned by the group and we will be able to allow new members to enjoy the privileges in the group” said Mihoshi.

“What do you think?” asked Subaru.

“Building a new home would be a long term to finish that, but for one year, we will stay at my mansion until we will decide whether to stay or move to a new home” said Maho.

“Subaru, my parents say that I would help you to finish our goals together. It means that I will accept the decision in moving to a new home soon” said Tomoka.

“I prefer to start constructing our new home by the winter, so that we will be hoping to save our money for budget” said Airi.

“Yeah, Subaru. Kagetsu and I were living at our own house for many years and I took care of my sister to play and enjoy at home. We’ll probably accept that proposal too” said Hinata.

“Our restaurant is also my home, but I could get some time to come home, bring the ingredients and cook at the mansion” said Saki.

“Your choice is that you will build a new home for us. I might be happy to live there and I could allow bringing my friends here” said Mimi.

“Subaru, we won’t be worried about you anymore after we tried our best in beating Suzuridani” said Tsubaki.

“But, we also wanted to live with you because my brother Natsuhi will be helping you to accomplish our goals” said Hiiragi.

“Usually, I become more influenced with Saki and the girls and I wanted to do what the other girls do. So, count me in” said Masami.

“Subaru, I love to live in this mansion, but when the time comes, I will also help you to finish the goals the group they need” said Kagetsu.

“Well, it’s the choice you want, then, we have to keep our friendship for as long as we would finally move to our new home” said Subaru.

“Okay” all the girls agreed to Subaru’s proposal while Mihoshi was delighted about their reactions. She would later ask the girls about the other things to do.

“What is the other plans what I want to know?” said Mihoshi.

“About Jun’s Angels” said Tomoka.

“Okay. Jun’s Angels is a band coming from Shiromidai Elementary School where you study there before you transfer to Keishin and since those students are on the same grade level as you, Tomoka, and the girls, they will know you that you’re the members of Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team” said Mihoshi.

“Okay, they know about us and the good news is that they’ll come on Thursday” said Tomoka.

“That’s great! I should give them a warm welcome to them” said Mihoshi.

“Well, okay” said Tomoka.

“There are many activities that we will have to do tomorrow” said Maho.

“So, what are the activities?” said Mihoshi.

“A variety show hosted by Maho and also, a reading activity. Both will be tomorrow” said Saki.

“Reading is one of my hobbies when I was a young student” said Mihoshi.

“Oh, at our variety show, I could act anything what Maho assigned me to” said Hinata.

“We will perform a role play and it’s going to be a good activity for fun” said Airi.

“Okay, good luck with that” said Mihoshi.

“Thank you, Mihoshi. By the way, one of Tomoka’s childhood friends will be coming to our home on Sunday” said Airi.

“I see. So, Tomoka, you know one of them?” said Mihoshi.

“Yes. Her name is Michiko Takeda. She is once my friend when I let her to show my skills in basketball, but then, she turned away from me along with my other friends because of my obsession in basketball. That’s why I leave for Keishin Academy to have new friends like Maho, Airi, Hinata, Saki, Mimi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Kagetsu and Masami” said Tomoka.

“Okay. I heard about her. She is going to Kirihara Middle School as well” said Mihoshi.

“Yeah, I know. I wanted to apologize to her because of my obsession in basketball. My father said that I was transferred to Keishin because my former students in Michiko’s school aren’t friendly to me anymore. Then, my loneliness hurts me and my friendship with her, but Maho was the one who convinced me to enroll at Keishin” said Tomoka.

“Well, the concern is that Michiko forgets you because of your obsession in basketball” said Mihoshi.

“Yeah, I was finally called by her in the recent days and she said that she will be coming to Kirihara next school year. So, I will have to apologize to her for what I have done in my former school” said Tomoka.

“Now, Tomoka. In order to forgive her, you need to give her a gift for her. In that way, she will forgive you and will be friends with you again” said Mihoshi.

“Okay, I’ll do it. Subaru, will you help me to forgive Michiko?” said Tomoka.

“Well, Tomoka, I will” said Subaru.

“We’ll do the same thing, Tomoka” said Saki as Maho, Airi and Hinata agreed to help Tomoka to forgive Michiko.

“You’re the real hero, Tomoka, but this time, we’ll gonna help you” said Mimi with Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami and Kagetsu nodded as they also wanted to help Tomoka as well.

“Thank you, girls, Mihoshi and Subaru. I hope that you will make me happy for this” said Tomoka as she is smiling to them and the group has finally settled their plans to make Tomoka reconcile with her childhood friend, Michiko.

Part 2 will be on the next post.
 
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"The Admiration" Part 2

The next day comes when the group went to the living room and Saki and Maho brought the books to the group where they are doing the reading activity.

“An admiration to Hiroshi made Hitomi happy as they are planning to marry at any occasion. With the personalities of Hiroshi and Hitomi were alike, they began to talk about their feelings to each other” said Saki, who was reading a light novel.

“Their plans were looking bright as both of them have to begin their new lives as a couple. Hitomi would be able to be more respectful to Hiroshi. The kindness of Hiroshi was one of the examples of a good man who was pure heart” said Maho.

“I like the lines about how they created a relationship together” said Saki.

“Yeah, me too” said Maho.

“I wondered about when you are growing up, will you find a better guy?” asked Saki.

“Uh, yes, I would. Subaru was the only one I admired with, but unlike Natsuhi, he doesn’t believe about Subaru’s likelihood of me” said Maho.

“I would respect Subaru for what he said to me and I like a guy who has a good personality of kindness” said Saki.

“I guess so” said Maho. “Tomoka, did you read the book?”

“Yeah, Maho. I like the love story of Hiroshi and Hitomi. I would be glad if there are some lovely couples maintain their relationship” said Tomoka.

“Tomoka, will you end up be with Subaru?” asked Saki.

“Well, yes. I am very close to him and I was passionate and opportunistic to be with him” said Tomoka.

“Oh, Airi. What do you do when you dating someone?” said Hinata.

“I wanted to fell in love with a guy who has interests in basketball” said Airi.

“You mean, Subaru?” said Hinata.

“Well, I can say, yes. I possibly wanted to be with him and also, he also took some advice when I was in trouble” said Airi.

“I had a charisma to be admired by my former classmates. You also have charisma too?” said Hinata.

“Yeah, I wanted to be kind and loving girl. I’m sure Tomoka will do the same thing” said Airi.

“Yeah” said Hinata as both Hinata and Airi were grinning to each other.

Mimi and Kagetsu were reading lines in the light novel.

“Obviously, I worked out with him because he wanted to seek his true identity of being a hard-knocked worker” said Mimi.

“So, what are your plans with him?” said Kagetsu.

“I wanted to show his true type of him with his own personality” said Mimi.

“A personality test could be the solution to the question” said Kagetsu.

“Well, it seems that I could do it” said Mimi.

“Go on, Hitomi” said Kagetsu.

On the other hand, Tsubaki, Hiiragi and Masami were reading their books isolated. Masami was fun of reading while Tsubaki and Hiiragi were sharing the book.

“So, did you remember anything?” said Masami.

“No, Masami. I thought that I would remember, but Hiiragi took the next page” said Tsubaki.

“I told you to read fast, not getting slow” said Hiiragi.

“Are you hoping to finish the book?” said Masami.

“We’re almost at the end of chapter 18” said Tsubaki.

“What’s yours?” said Hiiragi.

“I’m at chapter 23” said Masami.

“Wow, you read faster than us?” said Hiiragi.

“Of course, not” said Masami.

“Well, I don’t think we should read fast” said Tsubaki.

“Well, I guess so” said Hiiragi.

After an hour of reading the novel, the group was standing up as they are planning to organize a variety show. In that event, a role play was played. Airi, Hinata, Subaru, Maho and Aoi were in the stage.

“What should I do with those dumplings?” asked Aoi.

“You have to give it to the guests” said Maho.

“Okay, fine. Here’s your order” said Aoi as she gives the dumplings to Airi, Hinata and Subaru. The guests ate their dumplings and they ended up hating it because of bad flavor.

“What’s wrong with you, my dear guest?” asked Aoi.

“This taste was bad. It tastes sour” said Airi.

“The taste is too bitter” said Hinata.

“My food taste is not the type I want” said Subaru.

“You don’t want my dumplings? Then fine, but if you want to improve the taste, then I’ll do it” said Aoi.

“Yeah, I want the dumpling to be tasted well” said Airi.

“Make sure that you don’t add anything bad with my order” said Hinata.

“Waitress, you have to change the flavor because I think you add some toppings to our food” said Subaru.

“Okay, I will” said Aoi as she decided to cook the dumplings again, but she was confused on what to add the flavor with. “Uh, Maho, I have a little problem. Should I add something sweet or spicy?”

“Only for the sweet toppings that you can make the dumplings taste good” said Maho.

“Okay, Maho” said Aoi as she placed the sweet toppings on the dumplings and she put the dumplings on the plate. Then, she gives the dumplings to the guests and the guests ate the dumplings. This time, the taste went good and the guests were pleased of it.

“Wow! These dumplings are delicious!” said Airi.

“I live the flavor you have. It seems that you improved your cooking in dumplings” said Hinata.

“Actually, this is the best dumplings I ever eat! I want more dumplings, please” said Subaru.

“Sure, you can. Three more dumplings, coming right up” said Aoi.

“Aoi, they want more dumplings. You have to cook more dumplings again. I mean, we should share our cooking to make sure that you have the right ingredients” said Maho. Maho and Aoi would the dumplings together and later, the guests were pleased of the servings.

“That’s even better!” Airi, Hinata and Subaru shouted after they ate the dumplings delicious.

“See, I told you that you have to learn the basics of cooking dumplings. With that, you have to be able to cook dumplings with the right ingredients. I was satisfied about your performance” said Maho.

“Thank you, Maho. I’m glad that I made the right ingredients to serve this food better. It would have been a disaster for me, but I was able to use some sweets. You think that I’m a good chef?” said Maho.

“Well, of course, you are. If you have any problems with those, ask me for help. Okay?” said Maho as she shook the hands of Aoi.

“Yes, I will” said Aoi as the variety show was ended with Tomoka, Saki, Mimi and the other members of the group were clapping their hands. After the variety show, Maho’s phone was ringing and Maho had decided to pick it to call for someone.

“Hello, who is this?” asked Maho.

“It’s Kazunari from Nashiba High School basketball team. I was hoping that you and your friends from Keishin will go to Kirihara on Saturday for the final requirements of your enrollment. So, I hope you spend your vacation” said Kazunari.

“Okay, we’ll be going on Saturday, Kazunari. Uh, may I ask you a question.” said Maho.

“What is it?” said Kazunari.

“Is Michiko Takeda will be coming as well?” said Maho.

“Yes, and she is wanted to meet with Tomoka once you are here” said Kazunari.

“Oh, okay. I’ll be talking with Tomoka regarding about this. So, thanks for calling me and we’ll see you on Saturday” said Maho.

“Ok, see you on Saturday, Maho” said Kazunari as both were hanging up their phones.

“Mokkan, I will tell you more about Michiko Takeda” said Maho.

“Oh, okay. So, how’s Michiko doing right now?” said Tomoka.

“She wanted to meet with you while we’re in Kirihara Middle School. Did I forget to say that we should buy a gift for her?” said Maho.

“Oh, you’re right, Maho. I would be happy if she can treat me back with my own present. I realized that she is doing well and she also played basketball because of her inspiration from me” said Tomoka.

“I hope that she pleased you again” said Maho.

“Maybe if I’m going to treat her, I will be hoping that she will able to join our group and I may try to do some plans with her” said Tomoka.

“Okay, Mokkan. I hope Subaru would ask her if she can join our group” said Maho.

“Well, if I have time, I will talk to him” said Tomoka.

“Okay, I’ll be glad to” said Maho. At night, the group went on a dinner.Banri and Airi were about to announce the next activities.

“Tomorrow, the newly recruits will be coming to our home and also Aoi and her friends will be conducting some activities in the morning. Mimi, get ready for some activities to be prepared for the newly recruits” said Banri.

“Okay, Banri” said Mimi.

“On the afternoon, we will split up the group where one group will go to Jun’s house and the other group will buy some ice cream for the ice cream sundae for tomorrow’s dinner” said Airi.

“For the afternoon activities, the girls will be divided into three groups. Tomoka, Airi, Hinata, Saki, Mimi, Masami and Subaru will go to Jun’s house while Maho, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Kagetsu and Aoi will go to the supermarket to buy some ice cream. All of the newly recruits will be staying at the mansion with me, Natsuhi, Tae and Satsuki” said Banri.

“The groups for the morning activities will be Team A, B, C and D. Team A will be led by Tomoka, Team B will be led by Maho, Team C will be led by Mimi and Team D will be reserved for the newly recruits. Members for Teams A, B and C will be revealed tomorrow” said Kagetsu.

“As of now, there is a chance of whether the other members will group with the same group as in the afternoon groups. For the exceptions, Tomoka, Maho and Mimi will be meeting with Kagetsu, Aoi, Banri and I. Of course, I will be most likely joining with Tomoka and also Subaru, Natsuhi and Mihoshi will be in charge for now” said Airi.

“Maho, we have a meeting later on regarding the groups for the morning activities. As for the members, I glad that Airi will be the first member of my group while the others will be randomly selected by us” said Tomoka.

“Oh, it will be a drawing of members for each group and while it is ongoing, the rest of the members will go to my bedroom. The meeting will be at the living room, so come and join us” said Maho.

“We will” said Tomoka, Airi, Banri, Kagetsu, Mimi and Aoi as the group were split into two groups. Subaru called the other members of the group to enter at Maho’s bedroom. Saki and Hinata were talking to each other about the activities for tomorrow.

“Hinata, we will wear our bicycle clothes for the activities” said Saki.

“Oh, you’re correct, Saki. I remember about what Airi said. We’re drawing for the members of the group. I have three options” said Hinata.

“What are those?” asked Saki.

“The first option is that we might end up with Tomoka and Airi, but the second option is either of us will be joining Tomoka’s group and the other will join to either Maho’s group or Mimi’s group. The other option is that neither of us will be in Tomoka’s group” said Hinata.

“Well, we can reveal the results tomorrow. Subaru, can you give me a favor?” said Saki.

“Uh, sure. What can I ask for?” said Subaru.

“Can we play with you at the bed?” asked Saki.

“Well, I might have to and in case of Tomoka is in a short meeting, we should start having some plans for tomorrow” said Subaru.

“Oh, that would be a great idea, Subaru” said Hinata.

“According to the schedule, we should start the next activity: storytelling” said Saki.

“Oh, it’s time for storytelling time” said Subaru.

“Everyone, Subaru and I will tell about a story” said Saki. Everyone on Maho’s bedroom had come to the bed where Subaru and I are telling the story.

“You see, the story is based on how Hinata and I were visiting at Airi’s home. One day, Tomoka said that she will have to find one more member of the team to form the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team. When we’re going to Airi’s home, not the sports gym, we were met by Airi’s brother Banri. Banri told us that Airi is not at home. She is in the sports gym with Tomoka and Maho” said Saki.

“Then, we told Banri to eat some dinner for a while and Banri told us that the Kashii family was one of the families that were good in sports. Banri is a fitness specialist and Airi is a basketball player from her former school, not in Keishin, because Airi was transferred to Keishin when she is nine. Then, I asked Banri to borrow the clothes of Airi and he accepts it. This goes the same thing for Saki as well” said Hinata.

“As we’re wearing the fitness clothes, Banri leads us to the Kashii Sports Gym. It is located downtown on the east of Tokyo with seven houses from the Kashii family house. Maho and Tomoka appeared at the entrance and they saw us. Maho said “There you are, Saki, Hinata. Come here at Kashii Sports Gym.” Hinata and I say, “Ok, we’ll go there as well.” So, Hinata, Banri and I went to the fitness room where Airi meet us for the first time” said Saki.

“You must be one of Tomoka’s friends. Well, hello there” said Airi.

“As you can see, your brother wanted to see you” said Hinata.

“Okay, thanks for visiting my family sports gym. I’m Airi Kashii, the youngest member of the Kashii family. I have four other siblings and I’m a basketball player from my former school. I enrolled at Keishin when I was a fourth grader and then, Saki, Maho and Hinata were my classmates on my class. So, you girls know Tomoka?” said Airi.

“Oh, yes. Airi, Tomoka will be transferring to your school. Is that right, Tomoka?” said Saki.

“Yes, it was, Saki” said Tomoka.

“Airi, will you join the group to form the basketball team?” said Hinata.

“Yes, Hinata. I’ll accept my membership for the basketball team” said Airi as she is happily smiled on Hinata and Saki.

“Alright. With Airi joining the team, which means we’re going to create the girls’ basketball team. Oh, Tomoka, are you happy on your stay at the Sports Gym?” said Hinata.

“Yes, I’m finally going fit to play basketball after one hour of training” said Tomoka.

“It sure it was” said Saki. “We should be ready to officially form the team, girls.”

“We sure do” all the girls replied.

“After Airi became the fifth member of the group, we decided to form the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team. Eventually, Subaru Hasegawa became the mentor for the team and admit our counterparts, the boys’ basketball team, that we were greater than theirs” said Saki. “At the time, I asked Airi to train well and she said “Saki, I’ll make sure that I have the ability to jump high, block shots and shoot higher as I can.”

“That’s going to be the end of the story about how we met Airi” said Hinata. Tae, Satsuki, Masami, Tsubaki, Hiiragi and Mihoshi were clapping hands on Hinata, Saki and Subaru. Then, Natsuhi brought some glasses of water.

“Well, it seems that everyone is exhausted, here, have some are the glasses of water. Drink up, everyone” said Natsuhi. The members of the group drink their water until they are all refreshed. “Okay, it appears that the draw is over, we should find out tomorrow on who will be grouping with.”

“Natsuhi, can we decide on who should be going with?” said Tae.

“Not yet, but as far as I know, the boys and Aoi will be acted as judges” said Natsuhi.

“Well, I hope the team leaders are about to pick their members” said Satsuki.

“Everyone, the others members are here” said Tsubaki.

“We should go now. Good luck tomorrow” said Hiiragi as she, Mihoshi, Tsubaki, Masami, Natsuhi, Satsuki and Tae are leaving the room while Maho, Airi, Tomoka and Kagetsu entering the room.

“Are everyone finished the storytelling activity?” said Airi.

“Yes, Airi. We talked about how you became the fifth member of the first team of the group” said Hinata.

“You mean when we formed our basketball team?” said Airi.

“Yes, it was. And by the way, Tomoka, why are you close friends with Airi when you met her for the first time?” said Hinata.

“Airi and I were close friends like Maho and it seems that we trained together at the sports gym” said Tomoka.

“You’re admiring me, Tomoka. I hope that we should train together at the sports gym at weekends” said Airi.

“Yes, I will, Airi” said Tomoka. “Maho, let’s switch places, so that you can sleep with Subaru.”

“Okay, Tomoka. Saki, you’ll be with Tomoka instead and Hinata, you’ll be with Airi and Kagetsu” said Maho.

“Well, the place is yours. After all, you’re the one who sleeps in this place” said Saki.

“Great. Airi, you should be exhausting, but you should be sleep beside me and Kagetsu” said Hinata.

“Okay, Hinata. You’re going with me” said Airi.

“Okay, Airi” said Hinata.

“We should be ready for tomorrow, everyone” said Kagetsu.

“Okay” all the girls and Subaru replied. That marks the end of the third day of the group’s vacation. Tomorrow will be a big day for the group as the newly recruits are coming to the Misawa Resort Hotel for the next activities made by the Bravehearts.

UP NEXT: Chapter 4: "Recruits and Angels"

I will be posting Chapter 4 tomorrow which will be the first full appearance of the newly recruits including Himeko Katayama and Jun Gotō and the Angels from Tenshi no 3P!/Angel's 3Piece! To know the new characters, here are some teasers for the next chapter.

1.) For the newly recruits
Himeko Katayama, Mizuko Fujisaki, Yuka Suehiro, Chiyako Kayama, Hana Mikimoto, Asuka Yokoi and Kana Hanaoka are on their way to Maho’s mansion after they were called by Mimi Balguerie last night about their big day for the training activities at the mansion.

2.) For the characters from Tenshi no 3P!/Angel's 3Piece!
Meanwhile, members of Jun's Angels, Jun Gotō, Sora Kaneshiro, Nozomi Momijidani, Kōme Ogi, Sakura Toriumi, Yuzuha Aigae, Kurumi Nukui and Kyō Nukui, who were riding their own bicycles, were seeing the newly recruits as they know about their friend’s short vacation. Their friend refers to Tomoka Minato. The Bravehearts were prepared for the fourth day of the short vacation.
 
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As Tenshi no 3P!/Angel's 3Piece anime series is ongoing, this chapter is special as it will be the first part of Ro-Kyu-Bu! meets Tenshi no 3P!/Angel's 3Piece! The next chapter will be the second part of this special event. Enjoy!

This chapter will be the first full appearance of Himeko Katayama, Mizuko Fujisaki, Yuka Suehiro, Chiyako Kayama, Hana Mikimoto, Asuka Yokoi and Kana Hanaoka, representing the Second Bravehearts, and Jun Gotō, Sora Kaneshiro, Nozomi Momijidani, Kōme Ogi, Sakura Toriumi, Yuzuha Aigae, Kurumi Nukui and Kyō Nukui from Tenshi no 3P!/Angel's 3Piece! Also, this chapter will focus on the special training for the group and the newly recruits as Himeko and her team are looking forward to show their skills in different categories.

VOLUME 1: “A BLESSING START”
CHAPTER 4: “RECRUITS AND ANGELS”

Himeko Katayama, Mizuko Fujisaki, Yuka Suehiro, Chiyako Kayama, Hana Mikimoto, Asuka Yokoi and Kana Hanaoka are on their way to the Misawa Resort Hotel after they were called by Mimi Balguerie last night about their big day for the training activities at the mansion.

“Mimi is calling me last night about our next activity” said Himeko.

“Well, what’s that information about?” asked Mizuko.

“Mizuko, the team captain called Himeko last night and we were about to meet the new Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team” said Yuka.

“Okay, I get it” said Mizuko.

“Preparing for the training is set to go before we head through the mansion” said Chiyako.

“Aside from the training, what Mimi said?” said Kana.

“We will stay for at least three days before we will be called by Mimi soon” said Himeko.

“I’m getting excited about this training” said Asuka, who was energetic like Maho.

“You said it, Asuka” said Hana.

“I got the requirements to bring and I was able to buy at the supermarket two days ago” said Mizuko.

“Nice job, Mizuko” said Yuka.

“Thanks” said Mizuko.

“It appears that we would be able to give the new captain about the mechanics and let’s show what we got” said Chiyako.

“Well, you think you will beat Mimi and her group?” said Kana.

“Why, yes, it will definitely have our reputation to be good as we would” said Chiyako.

“Of course, Chiyako. There are many players who were experienced playing basketball as well” said Kana.

“That’s good. I usually begin to play basketball when I was five” said Hana.

“So, you memorize anything?” said Asuka.

“Yes, I did. When are we become official members of the team?” said Hana.

“Soon, Hana. Mimi would be happy if we were performed well” said Asuka.

“I guess so. Let’s keep moving, girls” said Hana.

“Okay!” the girls replied as they were remained to walk like the other girls did during the training. They are almost reaching the mansion and are set to begin the fourth day of the Bravehearts’ short vacation.

Meanwhile, members of Jun’s Angels, Jun Gotō, Sora Kaneshiro, Nozomi Momijidani, Kōme Ogi, Sakura Toriumi, Yuzuha Aigae, Kurumi Nukui and Kyō Nukui, who were riding their own bicycles, were seeing the newly recruits as they know about their friend’s short vacation. Their friend refers to Tomoka Minato. The Bravehearts were prepared for the fourth day of the short vacation.

“Argh, I almost forgot that this is going to be the big day for the newly recruits” said Tsubaki.

“We’re struggled to drink tea and Natsuhi was helping Mimi on training equipment” said Hiiragi.

“Well, since your brother was busy, why you girls help me for the decorations?” said Masami.

“Okay, Masami” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi as Masami gave the twins a set of decorations. Meanwhile, Subaru and Aoi were talking about what the group to do.

“Aoi, it seems that we are fixing the terrace into a mini field to prepare for the activities today” said Subaru.

“Well, you are going to be the judge, right?” said Subaru.

“Yes, Aoi. I would be pleased with Tomoka and the girls and I’m sure this training will help them to become members of our basketball team” said Subaru.

“Are you hoping to bring your gear back when you’re back in Nashiba?” said Aoi.

“Yes, it was. Unfortunately, I don’t get it. Why that guy was having an affair with another adviser, then he was violated for his actions?” said Subaru.

“It’s because he was doing bad actions on her and you know that sexual harassment was against the school rules. Since he is a basketball player, his playing career was come to anabrupt end and the whole basketball team was suspended for a year” said Aoi.

“That’s true. I’m sure we need to be more determined and we need the girls to be more serious. It means that we should commit good values and make them friendlier as they can” said Subaru.

“You’re right. I voiced out to see how the girls doing and I should give my teammates some more time to gather about the activities soon. But let’s make sure that I have to be more careful on some bad students on the block” said Aoi.

“My thoughts on becoming a mentor are that I let the strategy of the team to be more complex and I made a complete sequence of the girls playing because it has to be more reflexive and to be stable. I’m sure that my playbook would be upgraded to both Nashiba boys’ and girls’ basketball team when we get there to the training soon” said Subaru.

“I hope that you will do well in improving the strategy. Especially, you need to help me for assignments, so that I can help you in return” said Aoi.

“Well, Aoi, it’s a deal” said Subaru, who was happily agreed about how he was able to solve problems during the time when Subaru helped Airi to overcome aquaphobia was the reason why Subaru didn’t need help on Aoi to finish their assignments before Aoi would reveal Subaru’s secret.

“Okay, gather up, everyone” said Aoi as the members of the Bravehearts are present after the mini field was filled with equipment and training facilities.

“We make sure that this training will be set and I’m hoping you to enjoy this training because later in the afternoon, we will split the group into three and do our next activities at the same time” said Aoi.

“It sure is going to be a big day for the newly recruits, Aoi” said Mimi.

“Yes, the newly recruits were arrived shortly, so…” said Aoi

“…the girls are now here” said Kagetsu as the newly recruits were appeared in bicycle clothes like the other girls did.

“Welcome to the Misawa Resort Hotel, newly recruits” said Banri.

“It seems that you are prepared to do the big training” said Mimi.

“I was observing you last time when we’re on weekend training and now that’s the time to start your big training here with some equipment and training facilities were here” said Masami.

“It means that you are gonna prepare yourselves to face sweat” said Satsuki.

“And this training will be more different than the usual training in Keishin, so this is a special training by the members of Nashiba High School and team captain of Keishin girls’ basketball team Mimi Balguerie” said Tomoka.

“Now, if you are here, then, you must introduce to us right now” said Maho.

“I’m Himeko Katayama from section B”

“I’m Mizuko Fujisaki from section D”

“I’m Yuka Suehiro from section D”

“I’m Chiyako Kayama from section C”

“I’m Hana Mikimoto from section B”

“I’m Asuka Yokoi from section D”

“And I’m Kana Hanaoka from section D”

“We’re coming from the incoming fifth grade of Keishin Academy”

“Nice introduction you got here” said Airi.

“It means that we’re going to introduce ourselves as well as we’re going to show you the teams” said Hinata.

“For Team A, I’m Tomoka Minato, your leader for this group and founder of Keishin girls’ basketball team”

“I’m Airi Kashii, deputy leader of the group”

“I’m Saki Nagatsuka, your third member of the group”

“And I’m Tae Mishōji, your fourth member of the group”

“For Team B, I’m Maho Misawa, your leader for this group”

“I’m Masami Fujii, deputy leader of the group”

“I’m Tsubaki Takenaka, your third member of the group”

“And I’m her twin, Hiiragi Takenaka, your fourth member of the group”

“For Team C, I’m Mimi Balguerie, your leader for this group”

“I’m Hinata Hakamada, deputy leader of the group”

“I’m Kagetsu Hakamada, your third member of the group”

“And I’m Satsuki Kakizono, your fourth member of the group”

“For the judges, I’m Aoi Ogiyama, second year student from Nashiba High School”

“I’m Subaru Hasegawa, former mentor of Keishin girls’ basketball team”

“I’m Natsuhi Takenaka, former team captain of Keishin boys’ basketball team”

“I’m Banri Kashii, brother of Airi and second year student from Nashiba High School”

“And I’m Mihoshi Takamura, adviser from Keishin Academy”

“We’re calling the group composed of pure heart and brave members known as…” said Subaru.

“…the Bravehearts!” all the members of the group said together.

“So, now, you know about us where we started the group as members of Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team” said Tomoka.

“Now, we expanded the group with fifth graders and friends” said Maho.

“We are the ones who are trying to succeed in winning games” said Saki.

“We are the ones who are creating opportunities to make these things come true” said Airi.

“We are hard-working players and the key to make the strategy success is to give us some special skills” said Hinata.

“And that’s why we adopt the group from the success of the girls’ basketball team up to the formation of true friendship of the members of the Bravehearts” said Aoi.

“Now, this training is going to be more special than the training in Keishin as we are ones who were helping Mimi for today’s activity” said Banri.

“Each group will get past the obstacles in the first run, then, through the tires, and finally, through the cones where you will be able to finish the competition. So, now, get ready for the first part of the special training” said Subaru.

Later, four teams are competing for the first part of the special training. Teams C and Team D are trying to get the lead with Team D winning. Later, in a tug-of-war match, Team B defeats Team A and Team D defeats Team C. Team B would face off against Team D with Team D winning with full power from Asuka Yokoi.

In the third and final part of the special training, Team A and Team D did well on the sprint race with Tomoka and Himeko both reach the finish line. Eventually, Team A finally gets their first win for the team. At the end of the special training, all of the members of the Bravehearts and the newly recruits gather up again in the center of the mini field.

“Okay, as the judges are observing, Team D has the most number of wins, so they will be receiving the token for winning two competitions. The player who has more strength and more power to lead the team is Himeko Katayama. Congratulations, Himeko, here’s your medal” said Aoi as she gives Team D and Himeko Katayama the medals for winning the two competitions and Himeko was praised for her actions to the team.

“Right now, it’s almost noon and since you, girls, are hungry, right? You have to take a short break and have to take a short bath to make yourself refreshed from playing hard” said Subaru. “Lunch will be served in 30 minutes, so enjoy the rest of the hour.”

“We’ll do” everyone said as they will have to take a rest and take their short bath in a special bathroom. In separate rooms, three groups were made: the group of Tomoka and her friends, the group of Subaru and his friends, and the group of newly recruits.

In the room where Tomoka and her friends are taking their bath, they spoke about their plans for the afternoon activities.

“Now, that you’re exhausted from the training, we should be ready to eat our lunch soon” said Saki.

“Well, I was happy about winning the sprint race, Tomoka” said Airi.

“Yeah, I was. You are helping me to get past Himeko while you’re in the lead” said Tomoka.

“Yes, I am. My speed is working well because it seems that I would be able to block shots through my jumping skills” said Airi.

“My observations are trying to improve the skills while you’re competing against other teams. It’s because we were able to pull the others out, but we never get past on the first two events, but we surely did at the end” said Saki.

“Maho, did you have some food to eat later?” said Tomoka.

“Yes, Tomoka. I had some delicious pasta and bread to make sure that we will be refreshed later on” said Maho.

“It seems that we did well in training, but we should share the food later on to the newly recruits” said Tomoka.

“Oh, that’s a great idea, Tomoka. I have to say that we should give them what they need, so that’s what we care for the members” said Maho.

“Yeah” said Tomoka.

“I refer to drink cranberry juice than blueberry juice, Airi” said Saki.

“I prefer to drink cranberry juice, Saki, because I love to drink anything that is either orange or brownish red. I’m sure that your okonomiyakis must be served soon” said Airi.

“Yeah, I asked the siblings of Maho to find the ingredients, cook the food, and serve the drinks to be made” said Saki.

“You are also helping the member of the Misawa family. That’s nice. You’re close friends with Maho and I also have close friends with Tomoka and Hinata for being kind to me” said Airi.

“I’m assuming that Maho and I were usually go outside together, but it seems that you are coming with me as well, so I like you that first time we meet” said Saki.

“Yeah, did you eat your okonomiyaki and other foods when you’re home?” said Airi.

“Yes, Airi. I was being called special by my father and I was able to treat my father back to share our food together” said Saki.

“I hoped that when we are going to my family sports gym, you know that it’s better to cool off and exercise to make us healthy and fit again. I can invite you if you want” said Airi.

“Okay, Airi, I will do it” said Saki.

“So, Mimi, what’s your impression on the newly recruits?” said Hinata.

“The girls are doing fine and they were able to do what they did since they know about their special skills” said Mimi.

“I was impressed on Asuka and Kana because they were alike to each other just like you and me, Mimi” said Kagetsu.

“It sure is. Is there anything I can say to them?” said Mimi.

“Well, try them to keep up their training until they finally know how they will play in a real game” said Kagetsu.

“In that way, they will know you when they are finally learned about how they will operate the strategy towards some situations in a game” said Hinata.

“Well, thank you for your advice, Kagetsu and Hinata. I will make sure that the newly recruits are doing well soon” said Mimi.

“I looked about the player profiles and it says that Yuka and Hana are connected to each other because they surely become good defenders, but not usually good in offense” said Masami.

“Can you say that Yuka was more identical to Hana?” said Hiiragi.

“Well, it might be because Yuka was trying to develop herself from trying to get past the opponents. Even there’s luck, she can determine what she has to use on her mind to get a move” said Tsubaki.

“Hana was a good center and it has a different comparison to Kagetsu and Airi, however, she has slow acceleration, but she’s good in shooting” said Masami.

“I might say that you are really a good observer, Masami, but are you faster than her?” said Tsubaki.

“Well, I’m not definitely good in acceleration and stamina but I’m way agile and faster to get past on her” said Masami.

“I recommended looking at the minds and traits of her, so that you could see how you observe her better” said Hiiragi.

“It seems that I may be astonished if Hana is getting past on me” said Masami.

“She gets past on you, Masami? I’m sure that it’s worth that I will get past on her” said Hiiragi.

“I doubt that you need to be better in looking at directions” said Tsubaki.

“Tomoka, are the girls are finished taking their bath?” said Saki.

“Well, they are almost done. So, what are we gonna eat at dinner?” said Tomoka.

“I should tell you that you need to make an ice cream sundae tonight” said Airi.

“Yeah, I like ice cream sundaes because it has different flavors and I wanted to make ice cream sundaes for you and myself. I think this will be our dessert for our dinner tonight” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, Tomoka. I hope Maho will help you for that” said Saki.

“I will buy the ice cream later on while you go to Jun’s house” said Maho.

“Oh, I will be happy if you will give us a dessert later tonight, Tomoka” said Hinata.

“You can do it, Tomoka. I know that ice cream sundaes are good and toppings can add this taste to be more delicious” said Airi.

“It sure is, Airi. I realized that I might plan things out for dinner tonight” said Tomoka.

“Yeah” said Maho, Hinata, Airi and Saki.

“Then, we should be all refreshed to prepare for lunch” said Tomoka with a smile while the other girls were smiled as well.

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On the other hand, Subaru and his friends went on a bath with the newly recruits.

“I’m happy about your performance, recruits. It seems that one day, you will end up joining with Mimi and the basketball team soon” said Aoi.

“It sure is, Aoi” said Himeko.

“Now, what are you gonna do when we are gone later?” said Subaru.

“We will tour the mansion, so that when we need to go there, we should give permission to Maho and her family members” said Mizuko.

“That’s a great idea!” said Yuka. “We might have free time to enjoy the place while the others are going to Jun’s house and supermarket.”

“Okay, Natushi will tour you to see the whole place” said Aoi.

“Yeah, I hope you enjoyed this mansion, but there are some places that you didn’t encounter” said Natsuhi.

“Yeah, we would be glad if we want to see the entire place” said Asuka.

“Okay, but since the remaining members are assigned to stay here, we should help you to see the entire place” said Tae.

“So, is that mean the others will return soon?” said Hana.

“Yes, since we assigned them to different places, we are ones who will be in charged for now” said Satsuki.

“Well, one suggestion, Satsuki. Are you sure we will play if we’re officially become members of the group?” said Chiyako.

“Yes, Chiyako. We have the privileges to become members of the Bravehearts and that’s why we will allow you to stay here for a few days because you aren’t still official members” said Satsuki.

“Okay, I get it” said Chiyako.

“So, Banri, can we able to copy the special abilities from other members of the group?” said Kana.

“It’s your choice whether you can copy the special abilities or not” said Banri.

“Okay, we make sure that I will be able to improve my playing skills” said Kana.

“You sure do, Kana” said Banri.

“We will have our lunch later on, so we should be refreshed and ready to go” said Subaru.

“Okay” said the other members and the newly recruits. Later, after their lunch, the Bravehearts were divided into three groups. Tomoka, Airi, Hinata, Saki, Mimi, Masami and Subaru are assigned to go to Jun Gotō’s house, Maho, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Kagetsu and Aoi are assigned to go to the supermarket to buy ice cream and Banri, Natsuhi, Tae, Satsuki, Himeko, Mizuko, Yuka, Chiyako, Hana, Asuka and Kana are the remaining members to stay at the mansion to begin touring the entire mansion.

“Now, everyone, please return after you accomplish your goals and make sure that call us when you’re done” said Satsuki.

“Okay” the entire group all replied along with the newly recruits as they temporarily part ways for their goals they need to accomplished. The group of Tomoka went to the left while the group of Maho went to the right while the remaining members returned to the mansion.

While walking, Masami and Mimi asked Tomoka about Jun’s Angels.

“Jun is your friend when you’re back in fourth grade up to fifth grade” said Mimi.

“Yes, Mimi. Jun and I were usually friends when we’re back in my former school Shiromidai Elementary School before I went to Keishin. The main difference is that Jun is the opposite of Michiko. Jun is so kind to me, but Michiko is not like the other students” said Tomoka.

“So, that’s why Jun is still with you even Michiko turned away from you” said Masami.

“Yeah, we’re still friends until I was transferred to Keishin Academy. On the other hand, Jun began to be friends with other bandmates: Nozomi and Sora. Our friendship with her is remained unchanged unlike Michiko” said Tomoka.

“Then, it means that Jun hates Michiko?” said Mimi.

“Maybe, it seems that both of them were also become rivals because of the connections that make these students went up to fight” said Tomoka.

“So, you said that Jun has other associates, right?” said Masami.

“Yes. They are Kōme Ogi, Sakura Toriumi, Yuzuha Aigae, Kurumi Nukui and Kyō Nukui. Kurumi was seemed to be closed to Jun and her classmates and I believe that it was the same connection as Airi and Saki” said Tomoka.

“Kyō Nukui was a high schooler from Niida Nishi High School and his age was the same as mine. He had posted songs online and he was able to attract himself to sing with the Angels. I realized that he must be dating Jun Gotō” said Subaru.

“I remembered about Kyō’s sister Kurumi because she thinks that Jun and her bandmates are popular in their school, then she decided to ask Jun to join the band and the latter accepted Kurumi’s invitation. She came from Dragon≒Nuts” said Airi.

“Yuzuha Aigae was once being a producer of the music club before she joined the Angels with Kōme Ogi. She is one of the members of her former band First Chorus before they went on their own careers on their fifth grade” said Masami.

“For Kōme, I asked her about Jun and Baby’s breath and she said that they usually make nicknames to each band members with their own codenames. I’m sure that they are looking forward to visit us soon” said Saki.

“Sakura Toriumi was definitely a resemblance of Hinata. She seems that they were intelligent and charming to the boys. Also, I believe that Sakura was probably the one who asked the members to give some advice and arrange the songs out of it” said Tomoka.

“Oh, Sakura was here when we’re leaving Keishin Academy after she asked me about how are they doing and we know that we’re about to enter junior high school soon. I like her expression and she’s a good student in her school” said Hinata.

“So, you know about the other members, right?” said Subaru.

“Yes” Tomoka, Airi, Saki and Hinata said.

“What are the profiles of the members of Jun’s Angels?” said Subaru.

“Jun Gotō was my friend and it seems that she is compassionate to everyone since she likes to play her guitar and create songs. I believe that she is also a top student in her class like Saki” said Tomoka.

“Nozomi is a girl with joy and grace and she follows Jun every time they meet each other. I think both Nozomi and Maho are friends as well and it seems that Maho was friendlier and cheerful to us” said Masami.

“Sora was calm like me and her expression was small. The students know that Sora was not much a secretive girl who likes to play drums. Everyone in the school knows that she has a solid and undefiant personality” said Mimi.

“The other group is on their way to the supermarket, but we’re almost reaching to Jun’s house” said Tomoka.

“Alright, Jun’s house, he we come” said Saki.

Meanwhile, on the other group, Maho was looking at Tsubaki’s phone about their to-do list.

“Tsubaki, are we gonna buy ice cream?” said Maho.

“Yes, it is said on the list, but we should buy at least two or three flavors” said Tsubaki.

“Okay, what flavors can we buy?” said Maho.

“I don’t know but the only I know is that strawberry is the only list that was listed” said Tsubaki.

“Vanilla would be nice” said Kagetsu.

“Oh, that’s a great idea, Kagetsu. It means that we should buy both strawberry and vanilla flavors, am I right?” said Maho.

“Yeah” said Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Kagetsu and Aoi.

“Is everyone enjoying my lunch?” said Maho.

“Yeah” said Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Kagetsu and Aoi.

“So, Maho, why do you prefer to serve desserts other than you cook foods?” said Hiiragi.

“I love desserts and I was able to buy the right ingredients. Then, I was able to serve these when my family and I were eating our entrees. Main dishes were my second favorite dishes to eat” said Maho.

“The reason I like vanilla other than strawberry is because the flavor looks fit my favorite color white, but I also like other flavors that are close to violet or magenta” said Kagetsu.

“Tsubaki, what flavor does you like?” said Hiiragi.

“I like pistachio ice cream. How about yours?” said Tsubaki.

“I like chocolate ice cream, but I refer to eat blueberry ice cream” said Hiiragi.

“It doesn’t matter on what the flavor you like, but it has many choices you want. I even love to eat ice cream. The main reason why I love to eat ice cream is because cold snacks are much delicious than sweet foods. However, I also eat pretzel sticks while I’m at home” said Maho.

“Wow, you like sweets?” said Hiiragi.

“I guess a little of it” said Maho.

“Can we share some pretzel sticks?” said Tsubaki.

“Okay, since you’re friendlier to me than being prankster” said Maho.

“Thank you, Maho” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

“Aoi, did you like desserts too?” said Kagetsu.

“Yes, Kagetsu. I don’t usually eat sweets, but I ate cold snacks like ice creams and sundaes. Crepes are mostly my favorite as well” said Aoi.

“Okay. I don’t know if Tomoka and her friends are sharing Maho’s bedroom” said Kagetsu.

“Well, Subaru said that Tomoka, Mihoshi and he were able to share at the right, Maho and Saki at the center and Airi, Hinata and Kagetsu at the left. Is that true that you are with your sister and Airi all the time?” said Aoi.

“Yes, we were able to be together when we’re going to fashion store or sports gym. Airi wants to become a sport trainer like her brother, Hinata wants to become a fashion designer while I wanted to become a photographer” said Kagetsu.

“You seem to be related to each other, but I hope that when you grow up, you will end up being success on your career” said Aoi.

“Well, thank you, Aoi” said Kagetsu.

Back at Tomoka’s group, they reach to Jun Gotō’s home where the band Jun’s Angels and Dragon≒Nuts were resided there. It seems that other members of the band were appeared as well. The music was filled in their house because the band is having a practice.

“So, this is Jun’s house. I will take a look” said Tomoka. Tomoka’s group went inside to see what’s going on with the band. Since Jun’s Angels allowed guests to come in their house, they have also privileges as well just like the Misawa Resort Hotel.

“Welcome to the home of the Angels” said Masayoshi Sawatari. “You must be Tomoka. Then, come inside to the Angels’ Room.

“Thanks, Masayoshi” said Tomoka. The group finally meets Jun and the Angels as the band stopped their practice to see Tomoka and her friends.

“Hi, Jun. It’s me, Tomoka” said Tomoka.

“Oh, Tomoka. You came here to visit our home” said Jun.

“Nice to see you, Tomoka. Welcome to the room of the Angels” said Nozomi.

“Well, if it is Tomoka and her friends. Hi there” said Sora.

“Wow! I believe they recognize me since I was in Shiromidai” said Tomoka. “I will re-introduce myself the way we meet before. I’m Tomoka Minato. I’m currently enrolling at Kirihara Middle School and I’m more helpful and respectful to my friends. These are my friends, the Bravehearts.”

“I’m Saki Nagatsuka. We’re friends with Tomoka since last year and we were able to help the basketball team from struggle to victory”

“I’m Airi Kashii. Tomoka and I were usually friends when we met each other for the first time in my home”

“I’m Hinata Hakamada. I remember when Tomoka met me and I was asking her to buy some pencils and pens for my school materials”

“I’m Mimi Balguerie. Tomoka met me when I was called by Subaru’s father to come by and play and we usually meet other when we’re having an outing”

“I’m Masami Fujii. I recognized Tomoka when she, Saki and her friends were able to help me to cook my food during the festival”

“And I’m Subaru Hasegawa. I’m the one mentoring the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team and I am so glad that you are Tomoka’s friends in her former school”

“Yes, it is, Subaru. So, Tomoka, it seems that you and your friends came from Keishin Academy, right?” said Jun.

“Yeah, I was the ace player of the team and Subaru was the one who helped me and my friends to win games” said Tomoka.

“Okay. Now, that you still remember me when you left for Keishin, I should know that I created a band known as Jun’s Angels or also known as Baby’s breath” said Jun.

“We are the band that was composed of orphans and students” said Nozomi.

“The sound of the angels hears anything with our hearts filled” said Sora.

“I tell you that you are good in singing, right?” said Tomoka.

“Yes, we are” said Jun, Nozomi and Sora.

“In Keishin, there are a few musical bands and they have the same level as your band” said Saki.

“You’re correct, Saki. Music is one of the top three that the students’ hobbies have. Others are basketball and cooking” said Airi.

“Oh, it looks like your band has more members. Everybody knows that the Angels have created many songs” said Hinata.

“We know that this band was considered on top in your school and I believe that we wanted you to visit our new home later on” said Subaru.

“Well, Tomoka said to us that we’ll coming to the mansion later on” said Jun. “So, if you want to know us, we’ll introduce ourselves.”

“I’m Jun Gotō. The guitarist of the Angels, representing Baby’s breath”

“I’m Nozomi Momojidani. The bassist of the Angels, representing Baby’s breath”

“I’m Sora Kaneshiro. The drummist of the Angels, representing Baby’s breath”

“I’m Kurumi Nukui. Lead female vocalist of the Angels, representing Dragon≒Nuts”

“I’m Sakura Toriumi. Assistant to Kyō Nukui and producer of the Angels”

“I’m Kōme Ogi. Back-up vocalist of the Angels, representing Dragon≒Nuts”

“I’m Yuzuha Aigae. Back-up vocalist of the Angel, representing Dragon≒Nuts s”

“And I’m Kyō Nukui. Leading male vocalist of the Angels”

“And we call the name of this band: Jun’s Angels!” all the members said together.

“Wow! You are really awesome!” said Tomoka.

“Well, thank you, Tomoka. But, unfortunately, it seems that we can’t perform our song without completing the tone of the song. We will practice more, is that right?” said Jun.

“Yes, Jun. By the way, we will become seventh graders like you as we’re entering toKamata Middle School. We will try to continue our practice soon” said Nozomi.

“Like they said, we might prepare a song for you soon. So, don’t be surprised when we’re performing our song” said Sora.

“Great! Jun, I should let you come to our group for a few days, then, we will prepare for some ice cream sundae at dinner” said Tomoka.

“That would be a great idea, Tomoka! I love to come with you since we’re schoolmates before” said Jun.

“Okay, let’s walk back to the mansion” said Tomoka.

“Okay” the members of Tomoka’s group and Jun’s Angels replied while Maho and her group have bought both strawberry and vanilla ice cream from the supermarket. Aoi bought fruits, Kagetsu bought pretzel sticks and Tsubaki and Hiiragi bought ice.

“Since Tomoka and the group are visiting Jun’s house, we should return to the mansion right away” said Maho.

“Wow! You picked the product that Tomoka recommend you” said Tsubaki.

“Yeah, it says that it has a cheap price, so I buy two flavors, which is not bad at all and I also bought some fruits for extra servings” said Maho.

“Well, other products are cost higher than the one that was recommended. It seems that we are done shopping for dessert for tonight’s dinner” said Hiiragi.

“You know, Maho, I’m glad that we would be able to buy ingredients to make an ice cream sundae. Are you sure that you and Tomoka will serve for this?” said Kagetsu.

“Yes, I actually plan this where I can give the newly recruits an ice cream sundae as well as to Tomoka’s friends” said Maho.

“I wonder if we would be able to go back to the mansion” said Tsubaki.

“We’re almost there, Tsubaki. I’m sure that Tomoka and her friends will be able to make it as well” said Hiiragi.

“We will make sure that we will meet Jun’s Angels when we’re arrived at the mansion” said Maho.

“Okay, then, is it near yet?” said Hiiragi.

“I see Tomoka and her friends” said Kagetsu.

“Ah, there they are” said Maho. “Mokkan, Airi, Saki, Subaru, Mimi, Masami. We’re almost home.”

“Great! They’re here as well. So, Jun, are you able to stay in the mansion for short?” said Tomoka.

“Well, until Michiko finally knows you once she’s impressed about you in playing basketball” said Jun.

“Okay, Jun. So, by Monday, you’ll leave the mansion for practice” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, the entire band will return to my home to prepare for practice again” said Jun.

“But what’re you gonna do in our home first?” said Tomoka.

“We will have some information about the Kōsaten-hatsu Group” said Jun.

“Okay, then let’s talk about it later” said Tomoka with a smile as both groups are back at the mansion at the same time. The Bravehearts are finally ready to meet Jun’s Angels at the mansion. It was revealed that Tomoka’s friend Jun Gotō has been a leader of a group of students known as the Kōsaten-hatsu Group.

UP NEXT: Chapter 5: "A Family of Blues"

That concludes the first part of this special event. The next chapter is up for the second part of Ro-Kyu-Bu! meets Tenshi no 3P!/Angel's 3Piece!
 
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Previously on Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts, Tomoka and her friends met Jun Gotō at Gotō's home. Jun introduced Tomoka Minato to her band, Jun's Angels/Lien De Famille. The group of young orphans and students of Kyō Nukui are being invited by the Bravehearts to come at Maho's mansion for three days before returning home for another practice. It will sure that they will enjoy their stay at the mansion as the Bravehearts and the Angels return back to Maho's mansion.

In this chapter, this will be the second part of Ro-Kyu-Bu! meets Tenshi no 3P!/Angel's 3Piece! It will be focused on Jun Gotō, the Angels and their activities at their school. Later, the newly recruits, led by Himeko Katayama, will face off against the Keishin Academy girls' basketball team, led by Tomoka Minato and Mimi Balguerie, for tomorrow's big game at the Misawa Homes Basketball Court where a heated confrontation between Himeko and Mimi considered to be a battle of the aces of Keishin Academy. It will be a passing of the torch for Tomoka and Mimi to share the team for tomorrow's match.

Enjoy!

VOLUME 1: “A BLESSING START”
CHAPTER 5: “A FAMILY OF BLUES”

As two groups returned to the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel along with Jun’s Angels, the Bravehearts went to the hall where they settled up a meeting regarding the information of Kōsaten-hatsu Group, a group of students who were in favor of the reforms of the principal of Shiromidai Elementary School, Jun’s current school. The group had dominated in the recent council elections while Yumi Kaneda was elected as the President of the Shiromidai Elementary School Student Council.

“Tomoka, is that the other members of the group?” said Jun.

“Yeah, Jun. They bought two gallons of ice cream and some toppings for our dessert tonight” said Tomoka.

“Okay. I’m Jun Gotō. I’m one of the members of the Angels. It’s nice to meet you, Maho”

“Nice to meet you, Jun. I’m Maho Misawa. I’m one of the first members of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team and it is nice to meet you every time new friends arrive”

“I’m Tsubaki Takenaka. I’m one half of the twins and I like to treat friends that would make them fun because I am giving gags to everyone”

“I’m Hiiragi Takenaka. I’m the other half of the twins and I like to admire friends that are friendly to me because I love to gather around with them”

“I’m Kagetsu Hakamada. I like to observe my friends to see what’s going on and I am more respectful to friends with pure heart”

“I’m Aoi Ogiyama. I’m Subaru’s friend from Nashiba High School and I’m the one who helped the girls while playing basketball with my teammates”

“I’m Satsuki Kakizono. I like to be with my fellow friend Tae and I also joined some fitness activities in school as part of the training process in our basketball team”

“I’m Tae Mishōji. I’m a friend of Aoi and Satsuki and I began my experience to play basketball with them when we’re back in elementary school”

“I’m Banri Kashii. I’m a junior fitness trainer and owner of the sports gym while also helping the group as well as my sister Airi when we do activities”

“I’m Natsuhi Takenaka. Our sisters were more responsible while I’m assisting Subaru and his friends when we made plans and activities for the group”

“I’m Mihoshi Takamura. I’m sure that you know our members of the group and we already know about you and the group, Jun”

“Oh, thank you, Mihoshi” said Jun.

“And I’m Himeko Katayama. I’m one of the newly recruits for the girls’ basketball team. Here are the other members of the group: Mizuko Fujisaki, Yuka Suehiro, Chiyako Kayama, Hana Mikimoto, Asuka Yokoi and Kana Hanaoka”

“Hey, I know you, Himeko. You’re the one as your friends saw walking to the mansion earlier” said Jun.

“Ah, okay, I also see you while riding a bicycle” said Himeko.

“Yeah, we looked alike to each other and we have the same hair: deep violet” said Jun.

“Oh, thank you, Jun” said Himeko.

“So, Jun, since we all introduced ourselves earlier as well as the other members of our group. We wanted to know about your group in your student council” said Tomoka.

“Okay, I’ll tell you about our political group. Kōsaten-hatsu Group is one of the political groups in Shiromidai and it has been the dominant party since its foundation. Our school principal was a reformist and she has been able to hold meetings with the teachers and students once a month” said Jun.

“So, why did you create the party?” asked Tomoka.

“It’s because when you are leaving for Keishin, I wanted to lead myself ever since I was an orphan and I wanted to commit myself in student participation. That’s why most of my schoolmates from my class are said to be in favor of the policies made by the principal” said Jun.

“Did you run for the Student Council after the group was founded?” asked Tomoka.

“I didn’t. However, since the council is a non-partisan electoral system, anyone can run with or without a political group. My group is composed of lower-class residents and student leaders who are in favor of reforming the school policies” said Jun.

“Let’s say that since this group is mostly loyalists to the school principal’s reforms, the other group is the one who opposed the reforms. Sounds like you made the right decision while you are participating at church in Tamagawa” said Tomoka.

“You’re right, Tomoka. The other group was called the New Life Group. The party was called to be an anti-reformist group. The main reason why New Life opposed to Kōsaten-hatsu is because they don’t like some of the revisions of the school policies like proper sanitation and the disciplinary reports that are overdue” said Jun.

“As you can see, our school maintains their policies since we know that we are being special since it was affiliated to the church. After all, the Angels were the responsible students to follow the policies of the school and these policies changed the lifestyle of the students in our school” said Nozomi.

“So, your school is affiliated by the church, right?” asked Maho.

“Yes, it was. It is being special to admit to this school because we have a lot of activities there as well as worship activities and recollections” said Sora.

“What are the objectives and goals in your band?” asked Saki.

“We wanted to serve and worship for the church and to be active on time” said Nozomi.

“Also, we have the freedom to practice anywhere except during the class” said Kyō.

“What are your plans to return for elementary school?” asked Subaru.

“We will find some students to join the music club and we might be able to perform in front of the students” said Kurumi.

“So, both of you are siblings, then you must be close to one of my friends” said Airi.

“Ah, okay. Airi, we know one student from Suzuridani named Aya Miyakoōji. I asked Aya to come at our house and then when we get there, she talked about you. She said that you are good in blocking and shooting” said Kurumi.

“Well, thanks. I did some adjustments after my brother helped me to play healthy” said Airi.

“I think you adapt yourself from playing and I’m sure you have to continue working on that” said Kyō.

“Okay” said Airi.

“So, Kaneda was not a strict student in our school and we asked her to research about the school policies. After that, we made outdoor meetings in restaurants or in our home” said Sakura.

“So, is Kaneda remained at your school?” asked Hinata.

“Yes, she is. I recently talked to her and she said that she had to assist the students and she wants to create a committee of students where we wanted to hear out some concerns in our school” said Sakura.

“Right now, you will stay here for three days and then on Sunday, you will go home at your house, right?” said Tomoka.

“Yes, our band will be happy to stay here, but we will need more practice, so we should plan out our stay in your mansion next time” said Jun.

“Well, I could propose to that. So, are some members of the Kōsaten-hatsu Group went to your house for meetings?” said Tomoka.

“Yes. We made sure that the members will talk about the issues and plans to take action for the council” said Kyō.

“I believe that we were born in the same district, so I’m sure that we will need you for plans and I hope that the actions you made will improve your school” said Tomoka.

“Well, we’ll see about that” said Jun.

“As the month of March is about to end, I was thinking if we would join you on an outing next week before the classes start” said Nozomi.

“You bet” said Tomoka. “I will tell you when the Bravehearts are going to have some plans for the next week’s activities and since we’ll return to school soon, I’m sure that we will allow you to stay at our mansion for weekends.”

“Okay, Tomoka. We’ll ask Masayoshi if we will go to your mansion” said Jun.

“It will be pleasured to come at our mansion again” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, if there’s time, just stop by and visit my home” said Maho.

“Okay” all the members of Jun’s Angels said. Later, the members of the Bravehearts and the Angels were playing at the living room.

“It’s 6:15. Our dinner will be served soon” said Saki.

“Well, great. Jun and the group, you can come along to eat with us tonight” said Tomoka.

“Okay, we’ll join you for dinner, Tomoka” said Jun and the members of Jun’s Angels.

The members of the Bravehearts and Jun’s Angels went to the dining room while Aoi, Tae, Satsuki, Banri, Natsuhi and Mihoshi have done cooking their food and dessert which means that the ice cream sundaes will be served once their dinner is done. Then, the Bravehearts and Jun’s Angels have start eating their food with Tomoka and Jun smile to each other after they liked their food that was cooked by Aoi.

Finally, they finished eating their food and began eating their ice cream sundae. As the members began to eat their ice cream sundaes, they liked the ice cream sundaes too.

“Wow! It’s delicious!” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, it’s delicious!” said Jun.

“Strawberries are my favorite” said Maho.

“Did you like our sundae?” asked Saki.

“Yes, I liked the strawberry on the top” said Nozomi.

“I never eat an ice cream once, but it feels good for me to eat ice cream” said Sora.

“Enjoy eating, girls!” said Saki.

“Okay” said Nozomi and Sora.

“I gave Aoi some toppings to make the ice cream sundae more delicious. Have you taste it before?” said Airi.

“Well, yes, Airi. I always ate ice cream with my brother” said Kurumi.

“My brother and I have eaten ice cream once a week” said Airi.

“You seem to be good and it makes us good to have our stomachs full of foods” said Kurumi.

“Well, I ate only at least two dishes a day” said Airi.

“Me too, Airi” said Kurumi.

“Your bandmembers are seemed to like our ice cream sundae” said Hinata.

“Yeah. They’re happy to eat most of it” said Sakura.

“So, Kyō, a wonderful day we did earlier and you seem to be in love with Jun” said Subaru.

“Yeah, I feel like a pervert, but our members wondered about my relationship with Jun” said Kyō.

“Don’t you think that some high schoolers may attract to a young girl? Many of the males say that they preferred to make a relationship with them most of the time” said Subaru.

“Oh, our school didn’t have intentions to allow early marriages, so we should only do that when we reached to the university” said Kyō.

“You are gonna be fine with that” said Subaru.

“Kōme, most of our members are good in basketball while most of our friends have referred to help us in trying to reinstate the Nashiba High School basketball team” said Aoi.

“Your school is gaining popularity in basketball, even though, they have to improve better” said Kōme.

“I hope so. Eventually, I’m kind of the fact that our Bravehearts will begin to reign in Keishin, Kirihara and Nashiba” said Aoi.

“Oh, we’ll see. By the way, our school has basketball teams and they seemed to be good as well” said Kōme.

“That’s nice. I hope we would have a match-up for Shiromidai and Keishin soon” said Aoi.

“Me, either” said Kōme.

“Dealing with music and sports are definitely most of the students in Kirihara have referred to” said Natsuhi.

“The students from our school have special subjects related to worship and values education” said Yuzuha. “I’m sure that when we reached middle school, they’ll definitely have to study hard for their grades to be improved.”

“It sure is, Yuzuha” said Natsuhi.

“So, Himeko, how do you feel right now?” said Mimi.

“I’m perfectly happy to stay here. As soon as my parents allow me stay at this house, I will continue to train more with you” said Himeko.

“Yeah, we should be evaluating you for tomorrow’s activity which is the match-up between the First Group and the Second Group” said Mimi.

“I’m delighted to” said Himeko.

“We’ll sure that we will beat you” said Mizuko.

“Yeah, our group has improved the skills since the special training” said Yuka.

“Our team has many skills and abilities, so there’s a chance that you might win a little bit” said Tsubaki.

“Mimi and Tomoka are good all-around players while we are ready to plan our strategy in our game tomorrow” said Hiiragi.

“I’m sure we need to deliver more shots than they do” said Chiyako.

“The main difference is that our First Group made a good teamwork. Last time, we saw your style of plays when we watched the intramurals” said Masami.

“Wow, Masami. You impress our style of plays. Okay, hopefully, I would break the strategy soon” said Kana.

“We’ll see about that” said Masami.

“Kagetsu, now that we test our skills, now we’ll see if we play in a real game” said Hana.

“As you wish, Hana. I will deserve your group to see how you played in a real game” said Kagetsu.

“Okay” said Hana. “I will accept your challenge”

“I will be happy to accept this challenge” said Asuka.

“I’m glad that you are ready to face us tomorrow” said Kagetsu.

“Wow! The Second Group is seemed to be ready to face our First Group” said Tae.

“They sure it will be a good fight before the evaluation of the newly recruits set by next week” said Satsuki.

“Yeah, I love heated confrontations. It will make both groups to be ready for tomorrow’s match” said Banri.

“Mimi and Himeko. Let’s talk” said Subaru.

“Okay!” said Mimi and Himeko as the captain of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team and the ace player of the Second Group are seemed to be ready to play while Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata are glad about the heated confrontation between Mimi’s group and Himeko’s group and looking forward to see both of the ace players to play in a real game. Tomoka’s group will also play for the First Group as the First Group is possibly mixing the lineups for tomorrow’s game.

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"A Family of Blues" Part 2

Later, after dinner is over, the Bravehearts, the newly recruits and Jun’s Angels went to their respective bedrooms while adjusting the names for the newly recruits and Jun’s Angels. Subaru, Mimi and Himeko are appeared at the terrace.

“I’m glad that you ate the ice cream sundae and right now, we’ll talk about the game tomorrow” said Subaru.

“Oh, this would be going to be a warm-up match, right?” said Himeko.

“Yeah, I’m sure that you know Tomoka and the Bravehearts” said Subaru.

“Yes, Subaru. Are planning to build Nashiba boys’ basketball team to lay foundation for the upcoming school year?” said Himeko.

“Yes, Himeko. I would be delighted to if Kazunari will have to adjust anything and we should have our own system that would make us stronger” said Subaru.

“I began to think about how our group went up to seek challenge against your group before we unite as a team” said Mimi.

“Well, I’m sure that your group has the same potential as our girls, but I meant to say that each of your members is improving your sills. For you, you are getting better in shooting” said Subaru.

“It looks okay when it comes to shooting, but I know that we will have to plan out for the game tomorrow” said Mimi.

“It sure is, Mimi” said Subaru.

“Uh, Subaru? I wanted to say that ace players usually synchronizing the other players for them to build a good teamwork. It means that Tomoka and Mimi were doing well based on their style of play” said Himeko.

“I could tell you about how I synchronize our members while playing in a game” said Mimi. “If we play better with a better strategy, the team must have strength that will make the players have more energy. We trained hard like we have before we play against teams. Sometimes, your skills will be greatly improved as long as we use the Complete Synchronization Skill.”

“That’s why Tomoka and her teammates did this when we play against Suzuridani and that skill maintains our lead until we should have won at the end of the game. Every member has able to do their skills with communication and relationship between each of your members” said Subaru.

“So, when the team activates the Complete Synchronization Skill?” asked Himeko.

“Once your teammates are maintaining its relationship and keep their playing skills further, that skill will allow us to make your players will respect you on your command. But it requires special trainings and each of your members to make one of the skills to be mastered on your own” said Mimi.

“Okay, Mimi. Thanks for your explanation. I’m sure that we should do that once we’re in a game soon” said Himeko.

“It might take some time, Himeko. For now, this game will evaluate you and your members based on the skills you use in a real game” said Mimi.

“Make sure that by tomorrow, you will finally play through your hearts” said Subaru.

“Okay, Subaru” said Himeko.

“It’s a beautiful night you wanted to see. It has many stars on it with a moon” said Mimi.

“Yeah, I saw the moon and the stars shine bright at night. One day, I wanted to go to a beautiful place to see the view and I’m dreaming about our future. I wanted to lead the team with our strength and I wished that Keishin girls’ basketball team will win its first district championship and keep the legacy for the first players of this team” said Himeko.

“You think you want to be part of our legacy after you and your teammates do well in the special training? Okay, Himeko, I’ll trust you. You will be able to trust the Bravehearts with your pure heart” said Mimi.

“Yeah, I’ll trust you too” said Himeko as she and Mimi started their new goal for the girls’ basketball team is to win the prefectural championship. Subaru was happy to see both Mimi and Himeko have created a goal for Keishin.

“So, Mimi and Himeko, We should be going to the basketball court tomorrow and that is the time that you girls are ready to play for the evaluation of the newly recruits. I hope that both teams are ready” said Subaru.

“We will” said Mimi and Himeko as Subaru, Mimi and Himeko returned to the mansion altogether. Mimi went to Maho’s bedroom and saw only Tomoka, Maho and Jun.

“Tomoka, Maho, Jun. Where did Airi, Hinata and Saki go?” said Mimi.

“Saki is on the other room with Masami and Nozomi beside us. Airi and Hinata are also on another room with Kagetsu, Banri, Kurumi and Kyō next to the room Saki entered. Sora is with Natsuhi, Tsubaki and Hiiragi on middle left. Mihoshi, Aoi, Tae and Satsuki are on middle right. Sakura, Kōme and Yuzuha are also on middle right. Chiyako, Kana, Hana and Asuka are on the rear right side form our room. Himeko, Mizuko and Yuka are on the rear left side from our room” said Maho.

“So, you are assigned to this room with Subaru” said Tomoka.

“Okay” said Mimi as Mimi enters the room. Maho’s sister Minako appeared to ask her if she can serve iced tea.

“Sister, can I serve you with your friends a glass of iced tea?” asked Minako.

“Yes, Minako as well as for Subaru” said Maho.

“Okay, coming right up” said Minako as she leaves the room.

“Jun is going to be with us for three days as well as her friends” said Mimi.

“Yeah, we will return to our usual arrangement because our maids and butlers are temporarily assigned to my father’s room as well as three vacant rooms on the top floor” said Maho.

“For the meantime, we have to ask Jun about her band’s plans for the future” said Tomoka.

“Okay” said Maho and Mimi. Minako returned to the room and gave the glasses of iced teas to Maho, Tomoka, Mimi and Jun.

“I hope you enjoy your stay, Jun. So, you and your friends will return home on Sunday, right?” said Minako.

“Yes, but we will plan our return soon” said Jun.

“Okay. I’m going to leave right now to sleep at my father’s room” said Minako as she leaves the room once again.

“Okay, good night, sister” said Maho.

“So, Jun, what are your future plans for you and the band?” said Tomoka.

“I will perform in front of the students at Shiromidai and I will try to gather some friends for the political assembly” said Jun.

“So, aside from the fact that you’re active in church, you’re active in political activities, Jun” said Maho.

“Yep. Our bandmembers will return to school for sixth grade and Kyō and Sakura are eleventh graders” said Jun.

“Wow! You’re ready to go back to school?” asked Mimi.

“Yes. I don’t have time to prepare the band for the first week of school. I was confident about how the three of us are just started creating the band” said Jun.

“Since you’re the youngest member of the band, your band members are older than you. The associates are also older than you” said Maho.

“Yes. I was an orphan like Sora and Nozomi. It’s been time since my parents were divorced and then, I enrolled with you during your first grade” said Jun.

“I’m a very confident student when I was in your school before Michiko became my classmate in my fourth grade. Usually, you, Michiko and I were having fun time to eat at the canteen together and also, we also spend our free time at my home” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, it seems that Michiko joins us. Being a friend who has problems with someone are still able to be with you” said Jun.

“Hey, that was similar to me as well” said Mimi.

“You too, Mimi?” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, it’s because I want to study at Keishin Academy after studying in Hawaii when my father, who works in an industrial factory, was convinced by Ginga to let me study in Japan” said Mimi.

“Did you speak Japanese after you went to Japan?” said Maho.

“Yeah. I speak French when I was a little girl before I went to Hawaii. I explored the whole place and I was able to live here for only three years before I left to travel to Japan” said Mimi.

“Okay, so, that’s why you end up in Keishin to play with me” said Tomoka.

“Yes, Tomoka. After our team lost to your team, I began to gather at my teammates to train at the gym while you went to different places” said Mimi.

“Yeah. I get it. I like your style of play when we face each other until Subaru and Aoi end up uniting two levels into one team” said Tomoka.

“As we were united as a team, we gave a hard training to you as well as Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami and Kagetsu before we entered to the prefectural tournament” said Maho.

“Yes, it’s true that we were able to compete at the tournament and that’s why Subaru had decided to give us full strength in the game against Suzuridani” said Mimi.

“So, what did you do outside basketball?” asked Jun.

“Outside basketball, I met some friends in my class while Kagetsu observed me about my friends. We became friends because we were classmates in our block” said Mimi.

“Kagetsu really likes you, Mimi. Hinata and I were usually become friends and we were able to buy plush toys for her collection. I would recall about how we formed our group” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, what happened to your group when it was started?” asked Mimi.

“Tomoka and I were started the group with us being friends. Then, Saki joins as a third member of the group when she was in our home. Hinata joined too when Tomoka saw her trying to buy some school materials. Finally, Airi became the fifth member of the group when I asked the class to know their hobbies and Airi was also good in playing basketball” said Maho.

“Laying the foundation of this group became the legacy of the first formation of Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team” said Tomoka.

“Also, the boys like Natushi began to trust us after we proved that our team is better than the boys” said Maho.

“After we lost to Suzuridani at the prefectural tournament, we decided to enroll at Kirihara Middle School after we were graduated at Keishin. It was sad that we leave Keishin and Natushi followed suit as well as his classmates to enroll at Kirihara. After we contemplate about our future, we decided to be with Subaru because he called us “dearest” and made sure that we will continue to stick together” said Tomoka.

“In our side, after we lost to Suzuridani, we continued to study until we became sixth graders. On the bright side, when I hear about you and your friends will enroll at Kirihara Middle School, I decided to tell my teammates that we will go to Kirihara Middle School after our graduation from elementary school. By the time the month of March comes, I decided to open try-outs for the new players to play at our team for next school year” said Mimi.

“Seems that both groups were united after the graduation and when Hiiragi called the group as the “Bravehearts”, we laid the foundation of the legacy of the first formation of Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team. As of now, we decided to expand the group since the newly recruits will be planned to join us as soon as possible. With our plans to invite old and new friends to the Bravehearts, our dreams will come true. We said that a new blessing will be our new life in a family of friends” said Maho.

“Your history in your group was magnificent ever since you have good fighting spirit with the team. I will continue to lead the band and the political group which makes us good. As you know, our confidence with our friends has changed our lives when we formed the Angels, but it seems that a family of friends will emerge in Shikadai” said Jun.

“You mean, Yumi Kaneda?” said Subaru, who went to the room after he talked to Banri, Aoi, Satsuki, Tae and Natsuhi.

“Oh, Subaru, you’re back. I know you’re gonna come here for a while” said Tomoka.

“You’re right, Subaru. Kaneda was a council president when we’re in fifth grade. Now, she seems to be confident about how she will hand her goals and actions to our fellow friends in my school” said Jun.

“Oh, it will be depending on her if she will join you” said Subaru.

“I hope she will help us in leading the political group again” said Jun. “Subaru, one question. Did you mention Kuoh Academy, before?”

“Yeah, of course, Jun” said Subaru.

“I also know that school too” said Jun as Subaru, Tomoka, Maho and Mimi gasped. “If you know about Kuoh Academy, then we also have some information about the Occult Research Club. One of Yumi’s friends met them while having their information about the influence of between light and dark sides of their school.”

“In your school, most of the students were focused on neutrality because they deduce the idea of the division of the students based on using their powers” said Subaru.

“That’s exactly correct. Yumi said that usually our school has devoted for worship and even know that our schoolmates were focused on other things, they have other activities to do between church and extracurricular activities” said Jun.

“It’s being said that different schools that have specialties have their own system. Some regular schools don’t usually have special divisions as most of the students have been progressed while the main difference is that regular schools have implemented their hierarchy depends on the school system” said Tomoka.

“Now that you know about Kuoh Academy too, it means that you should visit our new school and these members of the Occult Research Club will come as well. It will be a short meeting and I’m sure that we could start the internship between them and us” said Maho.

“As of now, we will have to know the information of that organization on Saturday. I wondered that one school named Nagi Academy was full of students who were allowing internships with other students from other schools. I met one of my students in our class and she was partnering with one of the students from that academy. By the way, in nationality, a few Hawaiians entered Japan to enroll there” said Mimi.

“Mimi, you should be our researcher of our group. I can credit about the information you saw” said Subaru.

“Thanks, Subaru. Tomorrow will be a big day between us and the newly recruits. Jun, are any ideas who do you side on?” said Mimi.

“It would be your team, Mimi. Just kidding. I’ll be rooting for both teams” said Jun.

“The heated confrontation thinks me that it will be the passing of the torch” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, the talents will collide for one good match” said Subaru.

“I’m hoping that when we face them tomorrow, we will win against them. We have to adjust the lineups” said Maho.

“The sixth graders will play for the third quarter and the seventh graders will play for the fourth quarter. On the first quarter, it will be me, Tomoka, Hinata, Kagetsu and Airi. Then, on the second quarter, it will be Masami, Saki, Tsubaki, Hiiragi and Maho” said Mimi.

“Great suggestion, Mimi. These lineups will be more different than the usual lineup in our last game against Suzuridani. I hope those will work” said Tomoka.

“It will work, Tomoka. Are we ready for tomorrow’s game?” said Mimi.

“Yes!” Tomoka, Maho, Subaru and Jun said. Mimi had a strategy in adjusting the lineups as tomorrow’s game will be a big day for the Bravehearts before the group will visit the Kirihara Middle School and Nashiba High School on Saturday.

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I'm back with another chapter of the series Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts! I was finishing Chapters 6 & 7 during the weekend and I managed to continue the series with more characters to be revealed in the following chapters. I'm currently plan to finish Chapter 8 before posting it after Chapter 6 & 7. Issei Hyodo, Rias Gremory and the Occult Research Club from High School DxD will make its first appearance on Chapter 9. So stay tuned for that in the meantime as I will post Chapter 6 tonight and Chapter 7 tomorrow. I'll be able to complete Volume 1 at the end of the weekend to start brainstorming ideas for Volume 2, which is titled "Friends and Relations". Enjoy reading Chapter 6!

In this chapter, the day has finally come to see who the best team is as the Keishin Academy girls' basketball team will battle against a young group of basketball players who were called by Mimi Balguerie as newly recruits for the girls' basketball team. It will be the passing of the torch for Tomoka and Mimi as they will play together for the first time since their recent game against Suzuridani Academy. Also, Aya Miyakoōji of Suzuridani will make her first appearance as well after the match between her school and Keishin Academy. The first part will cover the entire first half of the game.

VOLUME 1: “A BLESSING START”
CHAPTER 6: “PASSING OF THE TORCH”

The fifth day comes with the big game between the First Group and the newly recruits. The Bravehearts, the newly recruits and Jun’s Angels went to the basketball court of the Misawa Resort Hotel with the newly recruits are sporting their bicycle clothes for the newly recruits while the First Group wears their school’s jerseys. Aya Miyakoōji of Suzuridani would appear at the basketball court after she was called by Airi Kashii to watch the game at the resort hotel’s basketball court.

“Hi, Airi. It’s been a long time since we face each other” said Aya.

“Yeah, me too. Hi, Aya. I’m glad that you visit our new home for today, then you will go back home later” said Airi.

“Yep. My mother agreed to visit your new home after what I just heard about your transfer to Kirihara Middle School for junior high school” said Aya.

“I’m hoping that I will be glad that if you join our group soon” said Airi.

“Oh, your group?” asked Aya.

“Yes. We are preparing to play against the newly recruits and it will be a passing of the torch match for Tomoka and Mimi” said Airi.

“Okay, I’ll be glad to watch this match. By the way, Miyu Aida and her teammates are heading to Suzuridani Academy Junior High School” said Aya.

“How's your head coach Manaka?” asked Airi.

“She is finally rehabilitated and ready to play in her team next season. Also, an incoming middle school student will enroll at Kirihara and also a friend of mine. Her name is Aiko Egawa and she came from Tsukuba Elementary School in Tokyo” said Aya.

“That’s good news for her. I hope we will face Miyu and Suzuridani again when I’m playing for Kirihara, Aya” said Airi.

“Yeah, I was planning to leave Suzuridani for Kirihara because I recognized you the first time we meet in our school” said Aya.

“You are interested to join our basketball team next year?” asked Airi.

“Yeah. Rena said that she will go to another school to compete against us. Maybe, we will be rivals on both Miyu and Rena, but I’m hoping that we will play together soon” said Aya.

“Okay. Probably, I am planning to invite you to visit at my family’s sports gym. Will you come?” said Airi.

“Oh, sure, Airi. It will be pleasure if you invite me to work out with you” said Aya.

“Thanks, Aya. The sixth graders in Keishin are also planning to transfer to Kirihara next year” said Airi.

“Wow! Your teammates are believed in Subaru and you might help them while you’re in Kirihara. I realized that when you played against us, I know that you are a great defender even the skills you used was astonished me while I’m playing” said Aya.

“I wanted to say that your skills are also good too, Aya. I was shocked that you blocked my shot before Tomoka tried to score back. I think that you made it for the team, but it’s a fair game for us” said Airi.

“Yeah, Airi. It seems that I will be continuing my efforts to play what skill I had to use the next time Keishin meet us again, but without you and your teammates as well as Miyu too” said Aya.

“I hope Mimi would be play with you further. The game is about to start, Aya. Just cheer me as you want” said Airi.

“Okay, Airi, I will cheer for you” said Aya as Airi was smiled on her. The game is about to start in a few minutes as Airi, Tomoka, Kagetsu, Mimi and Hinata are in the court against Himeko, Mizuko, Yuka, Chiyako and Hana.

“Go, Tomoka! Good luck on your game!” shouted the members of Jun’s Angels.

“Thank you, Jun. Okay! I’m ready to play for the first time back in our last game against Suzuridani. This time, we should win, right, girls?” said Tomoka.

“Yeah” said Mimi, Airi, Hinata and Kagetsu.

“I’m sure that Tomoka and Mimi have to play together for the first time because they are looking forward to use the Complete Synchronization Skill when we got a good lead later on” said Maho.

“Yeah, Maho. I’m sure that our team has prepared today against the newly recruits. At least two players will play for the second quarter. Will Himeko have to find the right place to play in?” said Saki.

“I’m hoping that it will be a “break the strategy” focus for the newly recruits because each of their special abilities can able to activate with full strength, but I’m sure that only our team knows about our special abilities” said Masami.

“I might say we can see how Mimi does her role against the young gals” said Tsubaki.

“I’m probably entering the team for the second quarter. Let’s see how Tomoka and Mimi made a good teamwork” said Hiiragi.

“Hana, I won’t make things easy on you” said Airi.

“You’re on, Airi” said Hana.

“Are you alright, sister?” asked Hinata.

“I’m fine, but Airi should be the one to jump” said Kagetsu.

“Yeah, she’s much taller than you and I hope she has flexibility” said Hinata.

“Yes, she will get anything she wants, Hinata” said Kagetsu.

“I hope Airi does well” said Hinata as Natsuhi whistles and prepares for the jump ball. The ball jumps high and Airi manages to get the ball first and give it to Kagetsu.

The game starts with six minutes in four quarters. Kagetsu pass the ball to Hinata, and then she shoots in the rim and scores the first points in the game. Keishin 2, Newly Recruits 0.

Yuka controlled the ball and passes to Himeko. Himeko would move in straight to the paint and gives the ball to Mizuko. Mizuko tries to shoot, but falls off. Tomoka gets the rebound.

Tomoka passes the ball to Mimi. Then, Mimi moves away from Yuka and steps in to the three-point line. Airi moves in, allowing Mimi to pass the ball to her. Airi would shoot the ball and she scores for Keishin. Keishin 4, Newly Recruits 0.

“I made it, Mimi” said Airi.

“Good job. Time for defense, girls” said Mimi as the next possession went to the team of newly recruits.

Mizuko enters the three-point line, and then passes the ball to Chiyako. “You’re quite good, Kagetsu. But I wouldn’t know if I have to shoot here, so, pass, Himeko” said Chiyako as she give the ball to Himeko and Tomoka defended her team by facing Himeko one-on-one.

“I’m sure that your style of play is all-around, but I made sure that my style of play is practically for key movements” said Himeko.

“So, what will you say if you can shoot right above me?” asked Tomoka.

“I’m not sure, but, I will test it out” said Himeko as she tries to jump in to shoot the ball and scores for her team, much to Tomoka’s shock. Keishin 4, Newly Recruits 2.

“She jumps and shoots?” said Tomoka.

“Well, Himeko didn’t have the guts to play, but I’m sure that she is good in stamina” said Maho.

“If you know that my tendencies are better than my teammates, then, I could know that I have to move out there to see your strategy would go down” said Himeko.

“You’re looking fine, Himeko. But my teammates are capable of assisting. Watch!” said Tomoka as Himeko gasped. Hinata gave the ball to Kagetsu and Kagetsu shoots with a floater to score two points for Keishin. Keishin 6, Newly Recruits 2.

“Great job, sister” said Hinata.

“Yeah” said Kagetsu. Himeko would control the ball and tries to get in to the frontcourt. She, then, passes to Mizuko. Mizuko battles Mimi, trying to get in to the rim. Then, Mizuko passes to Yuka. Yuka runs and shoots the ball, but Airi blocks it. “It’s not about what my skills do on someone who’s fast, but I’m able to block your shoots well” said Airi.

“Ugh, why did she do that?” said Mizuko as Chiyako and Kagetsu tries to get the ball. Kagetsu would manage to get the ball clearly and passes to Hinata. Hinata would give the ball to Tomoka. Tomoka challenges Himeko and Tomoka pass in to Mimi and Mimi shoots the ball from the right side of the paint and scores for two points. Keishin 8, Newly Recruits 2.

“Wow! Mimi did pretty well and Tomoka was doing well like the training” said Saki.

“That’s an ace connection for you, Saki” said Maho.

Mizuko is currently holding the ball and decided to pass it to Yuka. Yuka was cornered by Tomoka and Hinata. “Well, this isn’t over yet, girls” said Yuka. Yuka passes the ball to Chiyako. Chiyako shoots the ball and accelerates it to score for two. Keishin 8, Newly Recruits 4.

Hinata would hold the ball for a bit and she passes to Tomoka. Just Himeko enters the ring, Hinata enters to face each other and Yuka faces Tomoka. As trying to see who’s going to go in, Himeko tries to steal the ball, but, Tomoka gives the ball to Kagetsu.

“I’m holding the ball, now. Let’s what you got, Himeko” said Kagetsu. Kagetsu runs and shoots for three. The shot misses, but Tomoka would tip in and scores for second chance basket. Keishin 10, Newly Recruits 4.

“Really, Tomoka? You waited this for you to tip in?” asked Yuka.

“I’m sure that if the ball isn’t land on the basket, I decided to change tracks and I’ll be the one to shoot it right away” said Tomoka.

“Are you sure that you specifically change tracks?” asked Himeko.

“Yes, it would. I’m not sure if you might be able to get pass on us, but, you have to see your talents way better if you do” said Tomoka.

“Okay, fine. We’ll see about that” said Himeko as Yuka hold the ball. Yuka would pass the ball to Chiyako. She passes in through Hinata and Kagetsu, but faces Airi. Airi’s speediness forces Chiayko to stay back. Chiyako, then, steps back and shoots the ball. The ball landed well to the basket and the newly recruits cuts the lead to four. Keishin 10, Newly Recruits 6.

“I’m not way faster than you, but I would be able to fight back with the shot” said Chiyako.

“Is she is able to step back and shoots in? Wow, she’s doing well to break cases” said Airi.

Hinata would pass the ball to Airi. Airi moves in to the right and sees Tomoka. She passes to Tomoka and Tomoka got the ball. She moves on to run and scores the basket with a floater. Keishin 12, Newly Recruits 6.

Two minutes remaining, the newly recruits tried to get back in as Chiyako tries to counter Airi’s movements. Kagetsu would screen Chiyako, but Chiyako went strong on her and she presses hard to move in to the rim. Chiyako gave the ball to Hana. Hana shoots the ball and makes it. Keishin 12, Newly Recruits 8.

“So, the newly recruits are still trying to tie the game. I’m sure that my girls need efforts to stop their run” said Subaru. Hinata passes the ball to Kagetsu. Kagetsu sees Mimi and passes in to her. Mimi would perform a three-point shot and makes it. The lead was increased to seven. Keishin 15, Newly Recruits 8.

Chiyako faces Hinata, and then passes to Himeko. Airi and Tomoka would begin to double team her. Tomoka would steal the ball and passes to Hinata. Hinata’s agility was a fast break and decides to shoot the ball. Yuka would break it out as she fouled her. Natsuhi called Yuka a defensive foul. “White uniform, foul. Number 8, shooting. Two free throws, Blue uniform number 8” said Natsuhi.

Hinata prepares to shoot the ball for the free throw. She makes the first free throw. Keishin 16, Newly Recruits 8.

“Wow, Hinata’s agility allowed her to move in through directions” said Tsubaki.

“That’s true, Tsubaki. She had good movements while holding the ball. She never gets pressured on that” said Hiiragi.

Hinata prepares to shoot the ball again. The second free throw scores in. Keishin 17, Newly Recruits 8.

Himeko holds the ball for the next possession. Hinata and Tomoka switch places and Hinata tries to steal the ball from Himeko. Himeko would pass the ball to Hana. Hana, then, shoots the ball way up high and scores. Keishin 17, Newly Recruits 10.

“Great job, girls” said Asuka.

“You can do it, Himeko” said Kana.

Hinata holds and dribbles the ball with her agility. Hinata passes to Tomoka and gets in to the free throw line. She faces Himeko, and then she dribbles to the left. “I have to make sure that at the end of the quarter, it’s going to be an easy start for us” said Tomoka as she dribbles and passes the ball to Airi. Airi then shoots the ball with the three and the ball shoots to the basket. Keishin 20, Newly Recruits 10.

With only fifteen seconds remaining, Himeko and Yuka traded passes and Yuka sees Mimi and Tomoka screening. However, when the time is about to expire, Yuka still had hope by giving the ball to Chiyako. Chiyako tried to shoot in the free throw line and scores in to end the quarter. Keishin 20, Newly Recruits 12.

“First quarter ends. Blue uniform, 20, White uniform, 12. Intermission for five minutes” said Natushi.

“You did a great job, Tomoka” said Subaru.

“Yeah, thanks, Subaru. I couldn’t have done this before by trying to use your playbook to maintain our lead” said Tomoka.

“Oh, that’s going to make more shots to score in. By the way, Mimi, do you have plans to prepare for the Complete Synchronization Skills?” said Hinata.

“Not yet, Hinata. We still have things to do” said Mimi.

“As you can see, Saki and Maho are preparing to play for the next possession right now” said Airi.

“We’re ready to play, girls!” said Maho.

“Oh, Maho and Saki, I think you have to do what we did earlier” said Kagetsu.

“Okay, thanks” said Maho and Saki.

“Are you really sure that we will do the special skill?” asked Tsubaki.

“I’m not sure, but the Dazzled Copy can activate at any occasion” said Masami.

“The Double Mean Play will about to change the possessions of both teams” said Hiiragi.

“Alright, team meeting, girls” said Tomoka.

“Listen, I observed the newly recruits that they did well as well as using their special skills. I’m sure that you will have to keep playing like what we did. For now, Fire Works and Double Mean Play can be used while Dazzled Copy can possibly copy the opponents’ movements. So, are we clear?” said Tomoka.

“Yes, Tomoka” all the girls said.

“Okay, let’s do it!” said Tomoka. “One, two, three…”

‘Let’s go, Keishin!” all the girls shouted as the second quarter is about to begin with Asuka playing for the shooting guard and Kana playing for the small forward while Masami and Saki on the backcourt and Tsubaki, Hiiragi and Maho on the frontcourt.

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"Passing of the Torch" Part 2

Asuka holds the ball as the newly recruits have the possession. Tsubaki mentioned about the two girls about how they are able to play with their own special skills. “It enters the zone that both players can move in directions. Others can move the same way they did. So I’ll have to copy it with my Double Mean Play” said Tsubaki, thinking about both Asuka and Mizuko playing with the use of pick and roll.

Then, both Tsubaki and Asuka move simultaneously, and then Asuka goes for the pass to Mizuko. Mizuko managed to get the ball while Tsubaki call Saki for back-up. Saki, then, observes Mizuko as Mizuko is about to shoot the ball. The shot was off target and Saki gets the defensive rebound.

Saki noticed Masami about how they need to play with the Dazzled Copy. She knows that Mizuko is trying to get back the ball. Saki dribbles to the rim post and passes the ball to Masami. “Shoot, Masami” said Saki as Masami would shoot the ball with a jump shot. The shot made and the First Group extends the lead to ten points. Keishin 22, Newly Recruits 12.

“Good job, Masami! Keep it, up!” said Kagetsu.

“Thanks, Kagetsu” said Masami.

“Wow! Masami and Saki were playing well together. It means that they know that the opponents are very confused on who should defend with either the two” said Hinata.

“The Dazzled Copy had to observe the opponent’s movement before the guard can adjust the movements or dribbles to an empty space. It means that Masami did a nice job to turn them back” said Kagetsu.

“I’m sure that Saki wanted to make Masami a good player to assist. Probably, the offense gone well since the first quarter” said Airi.

“You’re right, Airi. This will be a good time to look at these players who were hoping to use the Complete Synchronization Skill” said Kagetsu.

“I hope that they will do before the half ends” said Airi. Mizuko passes the ball to Kana. Kana would go for an uncontested shot on Tsubaki and the shot was good. Keishin 22, Newly Recruits 14.

Saki holds the ball for the next possession, and then passes to Masami. Masami prepares for the full-court offense against the newly recruits as the Double Mean Play activates. Masami passes the ball to Hiiragi and then with Hiiragi’s speed, she made the team to move as well. Hiiragi would make the jump shot good. Keishin 24, Newly Recruits 14.

“Our Double Mean Play works with our speed” said Hiiragi.

“I can’t believe they’re too fast” said Chiyako.

“Don’t worry, Chiyako. I’ll handle this” said Hana. Asuka passes the ball to Hana and then faces Maho. Maho would try to steal the ball, but Hana keeps the ball further. Then, Maho set a screen on Hana. Hiiragi joins the screen and Chiyako tried to ask Hana to pass the ball.

“Hana, pass the ball to me” said Chiyako.

“Okay” said Hana.

“Not so fast!” said Hiiragi and Maho as Hiiragi steals the ball from Hana. Hana would call the team to go for defense. Hiiragi, then, pass the ball to Maho. Maho runs through her opponents and shoots a layup. The shot was good and the First Group are commanding a 4-0 run. Keishin 26, Newly Recruits 14.

“How do you know if you are able to shoot with the use of your agility and charisma?” asked Hana.

“I decided to use the special skill to move our teammates away the same we did earlier and I move through dashing and shooting” said Maho.

“Okay, Maho. I’m going to show you something what I wanted to do” said Hana as Asuka pass the ball to Chiyako, then to Hana. Hana would try for a fake on Maho and she manages to shoot one step back. The ball landed to the basket and the newly recruits scores back. Keishin 26, Newly Recruits 16.

“How did she do that?” asked Maho.

“Well, it’s not easy as I have to shoot one step back, but I decided to fake it out while trying to steal it” said Hana. “It doesn’t happen, you know.”

“Wow, I don’t know if Maho had good skills on blocking, but I’m sure she will be fine on that” said Tomoka.

The next possession comes with only four minutes left. Masami went one-on-one on Mizuko. Mizuko try to press in to get the ball, but Masami passes the ball to Tsubaki. Tsubaki gives the ball to Saki. Saki dribbles to shoot the ball, but Chiyako blocks it. Then, Asuka grabs the ball.

“What?!” said Saki.

“She can able to block shots like that?” said Masami.

Chiyako would give the ball to Asuka. Asuka, then, goes for the isolation and goes for the jump shot. The shot was good and the newly recruits cut back Keishin’s lead to eight. Keishin 26, Newly Recruits 18.

“Oh, no. I think the newly recruits are trying to stop our offensive plays through Chiyako and Hana” said Subaru.

“This is getting bad” said Hinata.

Saki passes the ball to Tsubaki. Tsubaki then pass the ball to Hiiragi. The Double Mean Play would be activated again as Hiiragi and her team dribbles further. Hiiragi runs against Hana and made the field goal with a contested layup. Keishin 28, Newly Recruits 18.

Asuka would go for her team’s possession as she tries to get an open space to shoot. Asuka would face Saki one-on-one. “Are you strong enough to beat me?” said Asuka.

“I haven’t decided yet” said Saki.

“Okay, fine” said Asuka as they moved on to the free throw line. Asuka would go for a floater and made the shot perfect release. Keishin 28, Newly Recruits 20.

“I won’t lose against you, Saki” said Asuka as the newly recruits are still trying to decimate Keishin’s strategy.

“It won’t last long, Asuka, because our teammates are still moving in directions” said Saki as her team plays for the possession with Saki passes the ball to Tsubaki.

Tsubaki would move in and goes for the isolation. She did well and made a shot using the same move that Asuka did. Keishin 30, Newly Recruits 20.

Mizuko now has the possession of the ball while her teammates began to change their strategy, in order to repel the Double Mean Play. Mizuko passes the ball to Asuka as Masami and Tsubaki tries to double team her. Asuka made a mistake as Masami can’t let her escape from the screen.

“Is your strategy gone enough to beat us?” asked Mizuko.

“Our play has different movements, but some players have copied the same moves from the last possession” said Masami.

“All we want is to keep controlling our possession, but you won’t make it anything that is altered” said Asuka as Asuka pass the ball back to Mizuko. Mizuko would move the ball for the shot as Tsubaki tries to block her shot. Mizuko would fake Tsubaki and make the jump shot. The ball goes to the basket and the newly recruits are cutting the lead to eight. Keishin 30, Newly Recruits 22.

Now, Saki holds the team’s possession while Asuka tries to stop Keishin’s offense. Asuka calls Mizuko to screen on Saki and both attempted to stop Saki from passing the ball to anyone else.

“You girls are seemed to be good in defending” said Saki.

“Yeah, Saki. We made sure that we can steal the possession with our move” said Asuka as Mizuko steals the ball from Saki and passes the ball to Asuka. It became a potential chance to see a fast break for the newly recruits.

“Don’t let her shoot, girls” said Saki as Tsubaki, Hiiragi and Maho goes on Asuka. Mizuko tries to stop either the three, but Asuka was screened by Tsubaki and Hiiragi. Then, Mizuko would be met by Masami, the fast break was broken.

Mizuko call Asuka to pass the ball to the other players. Asuka, then pass the ball to Kana. Kana then opens the shot and the shot was good. Natsuhi called the shot for three points. Keishin 30, Newly Recruits 25.

With only two minutes left, Tsubaki passes the ball to Masami, then to Maho. Maho goes for the pick and roll play with Hiiragi as they trade passes. Hiiragi, then get past Chiyako and Kana and would shoot the ball in the paint. The shot was made, making Keishin gets back further. Keishin 32, Newly Recruits 25.

Kana now possesses the ball and Masami locks in to go one-on-one on her. Tsubaki saw Hiiragi defending Chiyako, waiting for the next move. Kana would pass the ball to Asuka while Saki and Tsubaki tried to stop Asuka’s move, but failed. Asuka would shoot the ball with another three, but misses. Chiyako recovers the ball as their possession is still in the newly recruits’ hands.

Chiyako was exhausting along with Hana as they played in two quarters. She started to lose her energy as she still holds the ball. Then, she passes the ball to Hana and tries for spin. She made through, getting past Maho and tries to shoot the ball, but it misses again. Hiiragi would get the board as she managed to get the ball.

“I don’t know what the newly recruits tried to do to stop our skills. Maybe, they feel tired after they made a good defense” said Tsubaki.

“I’m sure that they are pressured from trying to cut the deficit since they failed to score twice” said Hiiragi, who still possesses the ball. She would pass the ball to Tsubaki while Kana faces her to see what they going to do on the next move. Tsubaki goes for the spin and passes the ball to Masami. Masami tries for the layup and Chiyako blocks it.

“Huh? Chiyako come from Kana’s back?” said Masami as she feels worried about the newly recruits’ defense getting more active than the offense. Chiyako passes the ball to Hana and made the fast break. Maho tries to stop Hana, but failed as Hana would shoot the ball with the hook shot and scores for her team. Keishin 32, Newly Recruits 27.

“Oh, no. The newly recruits are trying to make a comeback” said Tomoka.

“This will be bad than the previous situation from our last game against Suzuridani” said Mimi.

“I hope that Maho needs to focus on the opposing team’s frontcourt” said Airi.

Saki passes the ball to Maho and Masami would use the Dazzled Copy, trying to copy Asuka’s moves. Then, Maho passes the ball to Masami and Asuka and Mizuko tries to stop her. Masami would make the floater and scores the basket. Keishin 34, Newly Recruits 27.

“Did she do a floater over the two players?” asked Hinata.

“Yeah, she did. I believe that she makes the copy of her opponent’s move to shoot over the two of them” said Kagetsu.

“Looks like you two are running out of time. We still have the lead, despite your defense are strong” said Masami.

“We still have hope, but we sure that our next possession could be crucial as is” said Asuka.

Mizuko and Asuka trade their passes while Kana had to watch the opponent’s movements. Asuka would pass the ball to Kana. Kana was hoping to see their opponent’s defense to be broken as Tsubaki tries to stop her. Kana would spin and being met by Hiiragi. Kana would defend the team as the shot clock decreases to only seven seconds with one minute remaining.

Kana would go on to shoot the ball with a jump shot and she made it perfectly. Keishin 34, Newly Recruits 29.

“I know that we are still doing our best, girls” said Asuka.

“Yeah, we have to prepare for the next possession” said Kana as Saki passes the ball to Hiiragi. Hiiragi and Chiyako would face each other as Keishin’s possession is now stable. Hiiragi then passes the ball to Maho and Maho would shoot the ball with a fadeaway on Hana. The shot was good as Keishin takes back two points. Keishin 36, Newly Recruits 29.

“Way to go, Maho!” said Hiiragi.

“Yeah, Hiiragi. I knew that my skills are still good than the opponents” said Maho.

With fifty seconds remaining, Himeko thinks about the next quarter where the sixth grades will play together against her team. “I will have to put Chiyako on the bench while adjusting the lineups for the next quarter” said Himeko.

“So, are you possibly put Mizuko and Chiyako on the bench?” asked Yuka.

“Yeah, so that we will be playing with full energy” said Himeko.

“I’m hoping that we will gain back our points soon” said Yuka.

Asuka and Mizuko would trade their passes to each other and Mizuko faces Saki one-on-one. Saki prepared her special skill to be used as Mizuko would try to score a three-point line. Saki then detects her as Mizuko’s shot was missed. Hiiragi gets the rebound and passes to Saki. Saki would do a eurostep on her own and made the three-point line without either Asuka or Mizuko trying to stop her. Keishin 38, Newly Recruits 29.

“We did well to finish our last possession with my own move” said Saki.

“You’re getting good in improving your agility” said Masami.

“It sure was, Masami. Let’s make sure that the opponents wouldn’t make the last shot” said Saki.

Asuka gave the ball to Kana as Kana had to be more focused on her play. Then, Saki and Masami try to trap Asuka while Tsubaki faces Kana once again. Kana would be faster than Tsubaki as she did a spin move and shoots with a layup. The shot was good with only eighteen seconds remaining to the end of the first half. Keishin 38, Newly Recruits 31.

“Alright, last possession, girls” said Himeko as the newly recruits are trying to stop Keishin’s chance of getting the buzzer beater. Masami would dribble the ball while Saki and Maho used their own offensive play to make Tsubaki and Hiiragi used the Double Mean Play for the last play. Masami then uses the Dazzled Copy on Asuka and Kana. She would shoot the ball with the tear drop and makes it before the buzzer sounds. Keishin 40, Newly Recruits 31. The time clock was expired and Keishin still leads the game by nine.

“First half ends. Blue uniform, 40, White uniform, 31. Intermission for ten minutes” said Natsuhi.

“Great job, Masami!” said Saki.

“Yeah, great job you there, my girl” said Tsubaki.

“Oh, yes! I finally made the buzzer beater for the team. It really is good to end the first half with almost a double-digit lead” said Masami.

“Now, you two, Maho and Saki, definitely need rest for you to play on the final quarter” said Tsubaki.

“Okay” said Maho and Saki.

“I’m sure we did a lot of time to use our special ability. Hey, Mimi, we need to make sure that those newly recruits are ready to prepare for their zone defense” said Hiiragi.

“I believe that Himeko and Yuka are back for the next quarter and I’ll be in for the third quarter” said Mimi.

“Okay, but since it is half time, we have a long meeting to do. I hope you girls are playing well in the first half because Himeko is going back to the game with full energy. So, I need full energy, Mimi and the sixth graders” said Subaru.

“Okay, Subaru. We will” said the sixth graders.

“I would be delighted to if we can able to do our own style of play with my own principle” said Mimi.

“What’s the principle you’re talking about?” asked Subaru.

“My idea is to make the players getting their teamwork as higher as they can. I proposed that the Complete Synchronization Skill will be used if we would be able to complete the cycle of synchronizing where players are able to pass or dribble the ball the more that we need high power” said Mimi.

“Actually, Mimi, this would be a chance to make us stronger if we can keep our teamwork high until it reaches the highest level. We know that we did this while we played practice a few days ago. Also, aces should be more competitive with their own style of play they used” said Tomoka.

“Okay, Tomoka. I would be happy if we will be able to do it once our teamwork level goes to the highest level. I realized that you are the one who help us making the team more blessings. It could be anything we will do, dearest” said Mimi.

“Yeah, I’m sure that we will be doing the same thing once we will be playing for the final quarter. Our teammates are observing the opponent’s plays and we should be able to win the game with our own game plan. So, then, can we do it, Mimi?” said Tomoka.

“Sure, Tomoka” said Mimi as the entire members of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team are looking forward to finally master the Complete Synchronization Skill. They grew together and hopefully it’s going to be a best match they will play as a team.

“Are we ready for this, girls?” said Mimi.

“Yeah” said the other girls.

“One, two, three…” said Mimi

“Let’s go Keishin!” all the girls shouted with full energy as Mimi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami and Kagetsu are back in the game for the third quarter. As the second half is about to begin, Himeko and Mimi are back to face each other again.

“Himeko, let’s have a fair game to make this match the best” said Mimi.

“Okay, bring it on, Mimi!” said Himeko as the game is back with Keishin gets the possession for the third quarter. Mimi had to make sure that they will accomplish at the end of the match.

“I will” said Mimi to Himeko as the battle of the aces continues into the next chapter.

UP NEXT: Chapter 7: "Battle of the Aces"
 
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This series hits the 200 views mark which is awesome! Hopefully, I will finish Volume 1 by the end of the week. Also, I will be planning to post a special chapter at the end of Volume 1. So, let's move on to Chapter 7! Enjoy!

In this chapter, the game between Keishin Academy and the team of newly recruits continues with Mimi and Tomoka challenge Himeko to see who the best ace player is. The Keishin Academy girls' basketball team will have its team skill known as the Complete Synchronization Skill. This skill allows the players to synchronize themselves as the ace player moves, the other players move the same movement as the ace player does. It is required to use this skill when the team has the maximum level of teamwork and very good communication between the players. Also, new characters Yokono Tamanaka, Nami Takanoya and Kotoe Kano will appear at the end of the chapter to lead up for the following chapter.

VOLUME 1: “A BLESSING START”
CHAPTER 7: “BATTLE OF THE ACES”

The match between Keishin Academy and the newly recruits continues as Keishin leads the game with the score of 40-31. Himeko now thinks that she needs to recover herself from the first quarter because she knows that Mimi was subbed out as well. While her team tried to go for the defense, Himeko wanted her teammates about what they have to do in the third quarter.

“Girls, I wanted to make sure that our defense should be more dynamic and we have to make sure that once we stop the offense of Keishin, we can take the advantage against them” said Himeko.

“So, what are you gonna do in defense?” asked Kana.

“Let the frontcourt to play in action while me, Yuka and Asuka will be attacking the offensive play to make their shots missed” said Himeko.

“Also, when you’re in offense, try to focus on the playbook, understand?” said Yuka.

“Yes, we do” said the other members of the team of newly recruits.

“Okay, let’s do it!” said Himeko. The flashback ends with Himeko prepares the zone to be used while having Asuka and Kana trapping Tsubaki.

“What’s that?” asked Hiiragi.

“The newly recruits tried to stop our play” said Kagetsu.

“We need back-up, girls” said Hiiragi.

“Yeah” said Mimi, Masami and Kagetsu. Asuka tried to steal the ball on Tsubaki, but Tsubaki would pass the ball to Masami. Masami pass the ball to Mimi where Himeko meets her at the same time. Himeko challenged Mimi to see who the best ace in the team is. Mimi would shoot a three-pointer and the shot was made. Keishin 43, Newly Recruits 31.

“You are too good on shooting?” asked Himeko.

“I didn’t attempt to shoot a three-pointer earlier before I finally made up my mind to shoot three-pointers during practice” said Mimi.

“Wow. She is good in shooting three-pointers because she is an all-around ace player to do what she wants. I hope that her teammates are going to help her to keep our lead” said Hinata.

Asuka passes the ball to Kana as she dashed on the opponents before giving Himeko the ball, allowing Himeko to go for an alley-oop. The play would shock the members of Keishin Academy as the shot was made. Keishin 43, Newly Recruits 33.

“Himeko did an alley-oop?” said Maho.

“No way! She did with her expectations are going to be clear that we might be in trouble soon” said Tomoka.

“I know that this would be a big situation for our teammates” said Airi.

“Himeko had to play with her own minds, so that her teammates can help her in order to break our plays. That means that we need to keep it further from trying to shoot baskets” said Saki.

“I hope Mimi and her teammates can make a better defense to them” said Hinata.

Kagetsu now holds the ball after Mimi passes to her. Kana attempted to steal the ball, but Kagetsu would do the rally and passes the ball to Masami. Masami was stopped by Asuka, but she still able to step back and move in closer to the key. Masami tries to go for the jump shot, but misses it. Himeko would get the board and passes the ball to Asuka.

Asuka faces Masami once again, but this time Tsubaki would enter the play to screen Asuka. Asuka passes the ball to Kana, who would do the crossover dribble and shoots the ball with a bank shot. Keishin 43, Newly Recruits 35.

Masami passes the ball to Tsubaki and tries to focus on her team’s possession. She passes the ball to Hiiragi and Yuka tried to stop her by creating a trap on Mimi, who was guarded by Himeko. Then, Asuka would steal the ball from Tsubaki and would create a fast break. She then shoots the ball with the jump shot and scores for two points. Keishin 43, Newly Recruits 37.

“Come on, girls. We still have our lead, but make sure that their defense won’t make things easy on us” said Mimi as Masami passes the ball to her. Mimi would use the French Drive where she runs through Asuka, Kana and Himeko and makes a floater on Himeko, which the shot was good. Keishin 45, Newly Recruits 37.

“Alright, we still lead the game, girls. Keep it up” said Subaru.

“Okay” said Mimi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami and Kagetsu.

“Those players are really look good like Tomoka and her teammates because they did a good job in trying to maintain their lead. It looks like they have almost ready to do their team’s special skill” said Jun.

Tsubaki and Hiiragi guarded Yuka while denying Yuka’s chance to do the next move. Yuka fights back by dribbling to the right where Tsubaki leaves and Hiiragi still fights Yuka for the ball. Yuka would shoot the ball and scores for another two points. Keishin 45, Newly Recruits 39.

Masami would make the next move as she drives through Asuka and tries to keep her style of play to be good. Yuka tries to stop Masami from driving, but fails as Masami would shoot the ball with a fadeaway, which is good as Keishin still maintained the game with only three minutes remaining. Keishin 47, Newly Recruits 39.

Asuka passes the ball to Himeko and tried to challenge Mimi once again. “You’re still doing well in facing us. I would have been astonished if we didn’t try to steal the game” said Himeko.

“I would say the same thing, but it’s not a big competition for us, but for the passing of the torch” said Mimi.

“Okay, if you say so, then, I’ll perform the spin and drive” said Himeko.

“Alright” said Mimi as Himeko would try to get the advantage of Mimi by spinning and driving on her, but Mimi is still controlling the defense. Then, Himeko would begin doing the special ability known as the Lavender Drive where she did the crossover, get around to her defender and drive to the basket. She would do the tear drop and her shot was good. Keishin 47, Newly Recruits 41.

“We’re even, Mimi. I need more strength and you do the same thing” said Himeko.

“Sure, Himeko. Wow, Himeko’s such a strong girl to have her own abilities. She wouldn’t have committed a mistake if she didn’t use that ability” said Mimi.

Masami would give the ball to Hiiragi and Kana and Hana are trying to stop her. Kana steals the ball from Hiiragi, passing to Hana, but Kagetsu stops her. Hana would try to go for a layup, but misses. Kagetsu gets the rebound.

Kagetsu gives the ball to Tsubaki while Hiiragi calls Tsubaki to pass the ball. Tsubaki manages to pass the ball to Hiiragi without the opponents seen. Hiiragi would try to shoot the ball with a bank shot, but misses as Kana gets the rebound.

With both teams try to score with 2:34 remaining, Kana passes the ball to Himeko. Himeko was challenged by Mimi once again. Himeko would do the Lavender Drive once again, but Mimi had to alter it, denying Himeko the ability. “So, you’re trying to stop my skill?” asked Himeko.

“I had some plans to put our strategy working for our teamwork to be high. I would change the set-up to play for our team’s special skill. So, I won’t stay right away until you passed the test again” said Mimi.

“Okay, but, I’m still ready for the special ability again” said Himeko as she tried to do the Lavender Drive again and it worked, and then Kagetsu is trying to block the shot. Himeko would shoot the ball with a layup and the shot was made. Keishin 47, Newly Recruits 43.

“The newly recruits are slimming our lead, but it’s impossible to do a comeback. I referred that Himeko needs her teammates to do their special abilities before Mimi and her teammates have to stop them” said Tomoka.

“Right now, Mimi is planning to use the Complete Synchronization Skill, but I’m sure it is not yet the main part that they will do. I hope they finally make the team’s special skill” said Saki.

Mimi passes the ball to Tsubaki, then to Kagetsu. Kagetsu was challenged by Hana as she goes for the drive. Kagetsu would do the bank shot on Hana and the shot was good. Keishin 49, Newly Recruits 43.

“Alright, they have to do more good plays before they finally use the special skill” said Airi.

“Go, Kagetsu! You can do it!” said Hinata.

“Keep working to use the special skill” said Maho.

Masami faces Yuka, who was given the ball from Himeko. Yuka would run on her and passes the ball to Kana. Kana would drive to the basket and stopping Tsubaki, in order to shoot the ball.

“I’m not done yet!” said Hiiragi.

“Come on, Hiiragi, block it!” said Mimi. Kana shoots the ball, but the shot was blocked by Hiiragi and the ball went to Tsubaki’s hand. Now, that the Keishin Academy is finally going to perform its complete team skill, Mimi and her teammates are ready to change the field of playing. It’s not about the style of play they used, but it’s a call for synchronization.

Tsubaki passes the ball to Mimi and she was holding a deep breath to prepare for the Complete Synchronization Skill. Masami, Tsubaki, Hiiragi and Kagetsu are also ready to use the skill as the five players began to move faster and Mimi would drive in while getting past Himeko. She would do the reverse layup and it was two points for Keishin. Keishin 51, Newly Recruits 43.

“Yes, we made it, girls! We finally made the Complete Synchronization Skill” said Mimi, who as tears in joy after she made the shot.

“Yeah, great job, Mimi. You’re one of my favorite teammates I had when it comes to characteristics” said Kagetsu.

“You’re doing great, Mimi. I’m sure that we have more things to do, but that shot was awesome” said Mimi.

“I was shocked that you made it. While you’re doing it, my moves are faster as I can with Hiiragi make the same thing” said Tsubaki.

“It sure is, Tsubaki. But on the bright side, Mimi, you finally have a good job in defending our team. Let’s make sure that we will win with this new skill” said Hiiragi.

“I’m so proud of you, Mimi” said Tomoka.

“Thanks, girls. I couldn’t do that without you if they are trying to take the advantage against us. It seems that we still have 1:47 remaining, so let’s groove things out, girls” said Mimi.

“Okay!” said Masami, Kagetsu, Hiiragi and Tsubaki. Himeko passes the ball to Asuka as Masami tries to stop the newly recruits’ offense. Asuka would pass the ball to Kana and Kana launched a three-pointer. The shot was missed, but Himeko grabs the board.

“Why these girls are using their own motion offense?” asked Himeko.

“It’s because Mimi and her teammates are rely on their own strategy as they begin to cut our advantage. We still need to stop them, but how are we going to do?” said Asuka.

“I wanted to, but I didn’t notice that Mimi is setting up a challenge for us” said Himeko.

“Do you have plans to take another strategy to break them?” asked Asuka.

“Yes” said Himeko. “We have to use our tendencies to make sure that we have to keep fighting. We have chances to go for a comeback, but I’ll make sure that it’s not going to be the same situation like these girls did earlier.”

“Okay, all girls, let’s break their play” said Asuka.

“Okay” said Kana, Yuka and Hana.

Himeko passes the ball to Yuka and Mimi and Tsubaki are double teamed her. As Mimi and Tsubaki are getting the advantage, Yuka moves them out and shoots the ball with a layup. The newly recruits were delighted after Yuka made the strategy to top Keishin’s special skill. Keishin 51, Newly Recruits 45.

Masami now holds the ball for her team and dashed in through Yuka and Kana and passes the ball to Mimi. Mimi faces Himeko once again and she did the French Drive on her while Masami uses the Dazzled Copy to copy Yuka’s movements. Mimi would go for an alley-oop and Masami dunks in to the basket. Keishin 53, Newly Recruits 45.

“An alley-oop!” said Jun

“Wow! She’s taking the advantage against the newly recruits” said Nozomi.

“I thought that she misses, but she did a great job to maintain their team to lead the game” said Sora.

With one minute remaining, Himeko passes the ball to Yuka. Yuka would be met by Masami. “We thought that you missed the shot, but you did well in doing an alley-oop” said Yuka.

“It’s not the type that I shoot, but I make the team having an advantage by maximizing the movements we did and the shot I made would give our team the strong play we used aside from Complete Synchronization Skill” said Masami.

“I hope that will work when we were teammates, but in this game, it’s all about passing of the torch” said Yuka as Yuka passes the ball to Kana. Kana would pass the ball Himeko, who was on the three-point line. Himeko prepares to shoot the three-pointer while Tsubaki tries to block the shot. The shot was missed, not by blocking, but rather tilted.

Asuka would get the board as passes back to Himeko where Himeko tries to shoot the ball again with another technique. The shot was good as Himeko shoots the ball with a teardrop. Keishin 53, Newly Recruits 47.

With thirty-eight seconds remaining in the third quarter, Keishin goes for the last possession as Tsubaki passes the ball to Hiiragi. Then, Hiiragi gives the ball to Kagetsu where Kagetsu prepared to use her stamina to take her advantage. Real Runner was activated for Kagetsu to prepare for the dunk. She jumps high and dunks the ball and the foul was called on Hana, who was trying to block Kagetsu’s shot.

“Field goal, made. Blue uniform number 9. White uniform, foul. Number 13, shooting. One free throw, Blue uniform number 9” said Natsuhi. Keishin 55, Newly Recruits 47.

“Alright, now, you’re going for the three-point play, Kagetsu” said Mimi.

“Okay, I’ll try my best” said Kagetsu as she is preparing to shoot the free throw. The shot was made and Keishin is now led by nine. Keishin 56, Newly Recruits 47.

“We only have 17 seconds remaining, so play well to finish the quarter” said Himeko.

“Okay, Himeko” said Asuka, Yuka, Kana and Hana as Yuka passes the ball to Asuka, and then she dashed through Masami and Mimi. Tsubaki defends Asuka and Asuka would try to get the advantage as time is about to expire in ten seconds. Asuka gives the ball to Kana, who would spin and drives before giving the ball to Himeko.

Himeko would gain the advantage for her team as she Himeko performs a three-point buzzer beater. The shot was good as time expires. Keishin 56, Newly Recruits 50.

“Third quarter ends. Blue uniform, 56, White uniform, 50. Intermission for five minutes” said Natushi.

“Ah, we made it, girls” said Himeko as she is glad that she made buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter. “You did a great job, girls. We have to use the first quarter lineup for the final six minutes. Asuka and Kana, you did well and I hope Mimi would allow you to join the varsity team. Take a short rest.”

“Okay, Himeko” said Asuka and Kana.

“Nice play, Mimi and the team. It seems that the Complete Synchronization Skill was very good. It was good to see how the offense changes the game and your teammates have gained their potential to lead the team” said Subaru.

“Thanks, Subaru” said Mimi. “The reason why we made this special skill is because it was a good spirit that we trained a lot while we are training a few days ago. We did that skill to make sure that we have the advantage to defeat opposing teams.”

“You girls are good after you played a lot. Since you’re seemed to be exhausting, then, I will let you take some rest, so that Tomoka and her friends will step up” said Subaru.

“Okay” said Mimi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami and Kagetsu.

“Alright, while Mimi and her group are playing, Aya and Airi were talking earlier and Airi said that Hiroshi Yamanaka, Nami Tamayama and Kotoe Kano are enrolling at Kirihara Middle School and we invited them to join us later on. Girls, we are going to be prepared for tomorrow’s visit and let’s not talk about tomorrow, we’ll be ready to finish the game soon. Are we ready for the final quarter, girls?” said Tomoka.

“Yes” said Maho, Saki, Hinata and Airi.

“Then, let’s give what we all what we got to beat the newly recruits. One, two, three…” said Tomoka.

“Let’s go Keishin!” all the girls shouted as the game enters the fourth quarter of the game. Tomoka and Himeko are smiled to each other with the ace players are ready to take their roles for the final six minutes of the game.

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"Battle of the Aces" Part 2

Yuka has the ball to possess the team. The newly recruits would try their best in hoping to tie the game. Yuka passes the ball to Mizuko. Mizuko would attempt to shoot the ball with a jump shot and it was scored. Keishin 56, Newly Recruits 52.

“We have to get more points before Tomoka and the others tried to score back” said Mizuko.

“Okay” said Himeko, Yuka, Hana and Chiyako.

Saki passes the ball to Himeko while Mizuko tries to create a trap on her. Hinata responded with a pass to Airi. Airi runs through Hana and would do the jump shot. The shot was good with Keishin scored the first two points in the final quarter. Keishin 58, Newly Recruits 52.

“Great job, Airi. Just keep it up” said Hinata.

“Okay, Hinata. I will try my best to keep the lead” said Airi.

Himeko now holds the ball and Tomoka tried to defend her. Himeko and Tomoka are sure to be rivals, but both ace players have good skills. Himeko would defend the team by trying to shoot a three-pointer beyond the arc, but was missed.

“Oh, no. It won’t get through. Get the ball, girls” said Himeko.

“Okay” said Chiyako and Hana as Chiyako would get the ball to save the team’s possession.

“I’m sure you are refreshed from the last play you did earlier” said Maho.

“It is not expected to be done when we are trying to get back, but we still have opportunities to take the advantage of playing” said Chiyako.

“I would tell you that we still have the special skill to be used until we get the advantage as well” said Maho.

“What do you think if we can play for skills?” asked Chiyako.

“Okay, it will be a good play to see who the best team is” said Maho. Chiyako would go for the crossover drive while Airi enters the defense whilst Maho enters as well. Then, Chiyako would go for the jump shot and the shot was off target. Airi gets the rebound and passes the ball to Maho.

“You see, Chiyako, we still have more opportunities to defeat you, but this is a passing of the torch matchup, so we will try our best” said Airi.

“Okay, we make sure that we will do the same thing” said Chiyako as Airi passes the ball to Hinata. Hinata would battle against Yuka one-on-one. Innocent Charm was activated at the time Hinata hold the possession of her team while trying to make sure that her teammates will receive the ball later on.

Hinata would run on Yuka while shooting the ball with a fadeaway. The ball went to the basket and Keishin scored once again. Keishin 58, Newly Recruits 52.

“I’ll make sure that both of our teams have to maintain their plays until the end of the game” said Hinata.

“You said it, Hinata” said Tomoka.

“Let’s take it back, girls” said Himeko as the newly recruits hold the possession. Yuka passes the ball to Hana, who would run through Maho and Airi and performing the dunk. The newly recruits’ shot was counted for two points. Keishin 58, Newly Recruits 54.

“It seems that Keishin still maintain their lead while the newly recruits tried to stop the dominance of their opponents. This will surely go to be a war between the two great teams” said Aya.

Tomoka passes the ball to Saki as Airi, Hinata and Maho prepares to do their special skill. Saki passes the ball to Maho while Chiyako and Himeko try to stop Maho by creating the zone. The zone would be different than the defensive play of Mimi’s group. Maho loses the control of the ball as Himeko steals the ball.

“Huh?” said Maho.

“No way! Did Himeko steal the ball?” said Saki.

Himeko goes for the fast break and shoots the ball using the floater. The shot was good and cuts the lead of Keishin into two points remaining with 4:09 left. Keishin 58, Newly Recruits 56.

“As far as the newly recruits are doing their great job in trying to get more points as they can, we need to change the strategy, girls” said Tomoka.

“Okay” said Maho, Airi, Saki and Hinata as Hinata passes the ball to Tomoka in the next play. Tomoka faces Himeko and she goes on to use the Shiny Gift, her special ability. Tomoka prepares to shoot the ball with the floater as she runs on Chiyako to shoot the ball and the goal was made. Keishin 60, Newly Recruits 56.

“Wow! Outstanding technique, Tomoka!” said Jun.

“Great job, Tomoka!” said Nozomi.

“Nice technique you got!” said Sora.

“Thanks, Jun and the Angels! We are almost there to use the Complete Synchronization Skill, girls” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, let’s finish the game what we done here” said Maho.

“Okay” said Saki, Airi and Hinata as Keishin Academy prepared to go for defense. Yuka dribbles the ball to the backcourt. Yuka passes the ball to Chiyako, then to Hana. Hana would try to shoot the ball with a jump shot, but misses. Airi gets the rebound.

Airi dribbles to the left as passes the ball to Tomoka. Tomoka would run through her opponents and shoot the ball with a jumper, which was good. Keishin 62, Newly Recruits 56.

“Tomoka did it again with another technique she uses” said Mimi.

“Go, Tomoka and the team! You can do it!” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

“Don’t lose your skills, girls” said Kagetsu.

“It’s almost there to use the Complete Synchronization Skill again” said Masami.

“We did it a lot, girls! Now let’s keep the lead until the end of the game” said Tomoka.

Himeko holds the ball for the team’s possession while the newly recruits moves on to go for the offense. Himeko passes the ball to Hana as Hana goes to the arc. She runs on Airi and would go for the jumper. The shot was good as both teams traded points. Keishin 62, Newly Recruits 58.

With 3:18 left in the game, Tomoka and Hinata traded their passes while Airi moves in to the zone. Hinata drives on her opponents and goes for the pass. She passes the ball on Airi, who would do the jumper and scores for two points. Keishin 64, Newly Recruits 58.

“Nice jumper, Airi. Time to defend the team” said Kagetsu.

“Go for it, Airi. We’ll be cheering for you” said Aya.

“Okay, thanks, Kagetsu and Aya” said Airi.

Yuka dribbles the ball to the key and passes the ball to Chiyako. Chiyako runs, but Maho and Airi traps her. The trap stopped the easy tricks of the newly recruits, but Chiyako passes the ball to Hana.

Hana passes the ball to Yuka as Tomoka and Mizuko tries to see what Yuka do on the next play. Yuka faces Saki and goes on the crossover move on her. Yuka then shoots the ball with a three-point shot and the shot was good. Keishin 64, Newly Recruits 61.

“It’s getting close for both teams and both teams are fighting for the win” said Aoi.

“As long as Keishin continues to keep playing well, they’ll use the Complete Synchronization Skill” said Subaru.

Saki passes the ball to Hinata while Mizuko cornered Hinata. Both players are fighting for the ball and Hinata began to run on Mizuko and tries to shoot the layup. The shot was good and Keishin are delighted with their lead is up. Keishin 66, Newly Recruits 61.

“Now, we need more defense for the next play, girls” said Subaru.

“Okay” said Tomoka, Maho, Hinata, Airi and Saki.

The next possession went to the newly recruits as Mizuko goes faster and went to the three-point line. Mizuko passes the ball Himeko, who’s also on the three-point line. Himeko became confused when Maho and Hinata cornered her to create a trap. Himeko would receive a turnover as Maho steals the ball and gives Hinata a ball for the bank shot. The shot was good as it is considered a fast break relay shot. Keishin 68, Newly Recruits 61.

With 2:27 left in the game, the newly recruits tried to get back from the turnover as Mizuko repeats the process, but this time, runs through Saki and confronts Tomoka. “Time to create the zone” said Tomoka as Keishin forms a different defensive play with the zone was formed to allow Tomoka and her friends to corner Himeko and her teammates.

Mizuko would pass the ball to Chiyako while Maho called Hinata to corner Chiyako. Chiyako would shoot the ball with a layup and it was good. Keishin 68, Newly Recruits 63.

“We’re okay, girls, but it’s time to show the newly recruits what we have” said Tomoka. The next possession went to Keishin as Hinata and Saki prepares to use the Complete Synchronization Skill. With 2:10 remaining, Hinata and her teammates use their movements to create that skill while Airi uses Prismatic Bird to call Hinata for the ball. Hinata passes the ball to Airi and Airi would use her speed and dunk the ball. The shot was good, much to everyone’s surprise. Keishin 70, Newly Recruits 63.

“The Complete Synchronization Skill is back” said Himeko.

“It looks like Tomoka and her friends are doing their jobs perfectly and their teamwork is maxxed enough” said Mimi.

“Time to finish the game, Tomoka” said Tsubaki.

“Yeah, you can do it with that skill” said Hiiragi.

“Okay, we’ll do the simulation play while using our abilities” said Tomoka.

“We’ll do it” said Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata.

Himeko passes the ball to Chiyako and Chiyako passes the ball to Hana. Hana would accelerate herself by allowing Himeko and Chiyako to run faster. Hana passes the ball to Chiyako and Tomoka faces her.

“Do you think our abilities go well to the higher level?” asked Himeko.

“I would say, yes, Himeko. We controlled the game and our teammates are doing well in both offense and defense” said Tomoka.

“Okay, Tomoka. The real challenge is on” said Himeko.

Himeko would do the crossover move and Tomoka calls Hinata to trap her. With ten seconds of the shot clock remaining, Himeko had no choice, but to pass the ball to anyone else. Himeko passes the ball to Miuzko and Mizuko would do the jump shot and scores for two points. Keishin 70, Newly Recruits 65.

“It’s not over yet, girls” said Mizuko. “Let’s move faster as we can.”

As Tomoka runs through the three-point line, Himeko defends her. Tomoka called Saki and her teammates to communicate each other with the use of words and movements.

“Run further as you can, Saki” said Tomoka.

“Okay” said Saki as Saki runs faster, allowing Tomoka to pass the ball to her. Saki dribbles to the right.

“Maho, Airi and Hinata, don’t let them steal the ball” said Saki.

“Okay” said Maho, Hinata and Airi as they are trying to defend the team and stop the newly recruits from getting the advantage.

“Shoot, Saki” said Subaru.

“Okay” said Saki as she gave Subaru a nod and shoots the ball with a three-point shot. The shot was good and Keishin perfectly use their new technique. Keishin 72, Newly Recruits 65.

“One minute and thirty seconds remaining” said Aoi.

“Make sure that the newly recruits are unable to make a comeback” said Subaru.

“Okay” said Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata.

Yuka runs through the free throw line and passes the ball to Mizuko. Mizuko begins to use her own special ability, the Andormedic Maker, where she uses the acceleration and teamwork to make the shots go through. Mizuko would use the crossover move on Saki and goes for the jumper, which is counted as two points. Keishin 72, Newly Recruits 67.

Saki passes the ball to Tomoka and runs on Yuka and Himeko. She did better than Himeko as she decided to go for the floater and the shot was good. Keishin 74, Newly Recruits 67.

With 1:08 left, Himeko prepares the possession to be crucial as Yuka passes the ball to Mizuko. Mizuko and Himeko would begin to run faster and Mizuko passes the ball to Himeko for the alley-oop, which was counted. Keishin 74, Newly Recruits 69.

The final minute was played as Tomoka meets Himeko once again. Tomoka would do the crossover move on Himeko and passes the ball to Hinata. “Fourty-eight seconds left, girls” said Subaru.

“Okay” said Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata. Hinata would run faster with the use of Innocent Charm. She used her own direction to drive to the basket and shoots the ball. Keishin 76, Newly Recruits 69.

“Alright, I think my special ability is working well, thanks to the Complete Synchronization Skill” said Hinata.

“You said it, we still have more jobs to do” said Tomoka.

Himeko passes the ball to Yuka and Yuka was met by Saki. Tomoka calls Saki to defend Yuka, which Saki did. Yuka wasn’t able to do anything as Tomoka prepares her teammate to call for the communication technique.

“Make sure that she won’t shoot further” said Tomoka.

Saki did a great job in trying to stop Yuka and Yuka needs an open spot for her to pass the ball. Eventually, Mizuko calls Yuka for the pass. “Pass it to me” said Mizuko.

“Okay, I’ll do it” said Yuka as she escaped Saki and passes the ball on Mizuko. With twenty-three seconds remaining, Mizuko would run through her opponents and do the floater, which is counted. Keishin 76, Newly Recruits 71.

“Sixteen seconds left remaining, Blue uniform, 76, White uniform, 71” said Natushi.

Tomoka and Saki run faster as Tomoka passes the ball to Hinata. Hinata then passes the ball to Maho. Maho was defended by Chiyako and Hana as she tried to finish the game with a winning shot. Maho looks both Chiyako and Hana tired. “Are we done yet?” said Chiyako.

“Not yet, we still have time to stop them, despite we lose” said Hana.

“Checkmate” said Maho as she moves back and passes the ball to Airi.

“Four seconds” said Saki.

“Okay. Here, Tomoka, catch for the floater” said Airi.

“Here I come!” said Tomoka as Airi passes the ball to Tomoka and Tomoka performs the floater before the buzzer was sounded. The shot was good with one second remaining and Keishin would become victors. Keishin 78, Newly Recruits 71.

The buzzer was sounded after Tomoka made the last second shot with Tomoka and her teammates jump in joy. “We won, girls! We made this game looked epic than the other games” said Tomoka.

“We did it, Tomoka. It’s not about what we did today, but you’re a real hero” said Maho.

“I’m glad that we win the game and the newly recruits have fought hard and they nearly made it” said Saki.

“Great job, girls! I told you that we will win with our special skill because we have so many plays to use including the communication technique” said Airi.

“Oh, what a great match for everyone in the team. The passing of the torch can change everything in the team” said Hinata.

“We won the game, girls. We were able to master the Complete Synchronization Skill and the use of special abilities was getting well” said Mimi.

“It seems that we are finally having a great time to pass the torch between Tomoka and Mimi soon” said Tsubaki.

“You said it. Seventh graders, not only because you made the strategy looked well, but the skills we got are good to use in future games” said Hiiragi.

“I’m glad that we achieved our team skill in the game and we made the newly recruits what they learn their lesson” said Kagetsu.

“I’m appreciated about the plays we did as well as I will finally say that the newly recruits are finally good to play for our girls’ basketball team soon” said Masami.

“Girls, it was a great match and I believe that we made a fair game since we trained together yesterday. I’m finally going to respect you and your teammates when we are ready to play for the varsity team” said Himeko as she is going to give a handshake on Mimi.

“You deserve it. I know you are also good potentials to play for the team, but it sure we’ll do it together” said Mimi as Himeko and Mimi shook hands as a symbol of respecting the results of the game. Both players of Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team and the team of newly recruits would shake their hands as well.

“With the final score of 78-71, Keishin wins the match. Bow!” said Natushi.

“Thank you very much!” all the girls bowed together.

Later, the members of the Bravehearts and Jun’s Angels and the newly recruits have walked back to the mansion as they were tired and they need to take their bath. As they were all entering to the living room of the mansion, Hiroshi Yamanaka, Nami Tamayama and Kotoe Kano were seen by the members of the Bravehearts as Tomoka and her friends recognized those friends from Keishin Academy.

“Looks like you three are here and we’re about to take their bath, so we’ll see you later, my friends” said Tomoka. The three guests were smiled on Tomoka. Aya and the members of Jun’s Angels went to their rooms while the members of the Bravehearts and the newly recruits went to the bathroom to take their bath.

UP NEXT: Chapter 8: "The Breeze of the Blues"

The fifth day of the Bravehearts' spring vacation is not over yet as the third part of this day will be covering the first appearance of Yokono Tamanaka, Nami Takanoya and Kotoe Kano.
 
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Previously on Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts, Keishin Academy girls' basketball team has managed to defeat the team of newly recruits, 78-71 where Keishin finally used the Complete Synchronization Skill to defeat the team of newly recruits. After the game, Yokono Tamanaka, Nami Takanoya and Kotoe Kano appeared at the living room of the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel and have recognized Tomoka and her friends because of their encounter with them at Keishin Academy.

In this chapter, this will explore the first friends of Tomoka Minato outside the Keishin Academy girls' basketball team named Yokono, Nami and Kotoe. They were planning to transfer to Shitoba High School as a result, they joined the Bravehearts, which includes Tomoka and her friends. Later, they have a fun view to see the ocean view at the park of the Misawa Resort Hotel. The Bravehearts are looking forward to have lucks and dreams as they hoped that in the future, the team will work together as a group of friends and basketball players.

VOLUME 1: “A BLESSING START”
CHAPTER 8: “THE BREEZE OF THE BLUES”

Hiroshi Yamanaka, Nami Tamayama and Kotoe Kano remembered Tomoka and her friends, Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata, when they’re schoolmates in Keishin Academy. Now, that the three students are enrolling at Kirihara Middle School like them, it looks like they wanted to join the Kirihara Middle School girls’ basketball team. Natushi mentioned them when Keishin Academy holds an intramural competition, in which 6-B, 6-C and 6-D are the strongest sections when it comes to basketball.

“Those girls met us before when we’re in Keishin. I know the reason why we’re here” said Nami.

“It’s because Tomoka said that some of her friends that aren’t from her section are also good in playing basketball like us. Elsewhere, section 6-B is the second-best section while section 6-C is the best section of all six sections” said Kotoe.

“It seems that Tomoka invited us here and we wanted to join their group. I have to make sure that we will participate at the activities that they are planning to” said Hiroshi.

“I agree” said Nami.

“By the way, Nami, can we eat first?” asked Kotoe.

“Okay” said Nami.

“You too, Hiroshi” said Kotoe.

“Okay” said Hiroshi.

“Then, let’s eat while the girls are taking their bath” said Kotoe.

“Okay” said Nami and Hiroshi as they are going to the dining room to eat their lunch. The members of the Bravehearts are taking their baths while Subaru, Aoi, Tae, Satsuki, Banri and Natsuhi were outside the bathroom.

“It’s 11:43. I believe that the three guests were Tomoka’s friends in Keishin” said Subaru.

“I never see them before with their faces” said Aoi.

“I remembered those girls. Hiroshi was a friend of Maho and Tomoka while Nami and Kotoe were friends with Tomoka and her friends. Those girls are not members of the girls’ basketball team, but instead, they competed in the intramural competition last year” said Natushi.

“So, Tomoka and her friends have some friends based on their comparisons on other sections” said Satsuki.

“Our lunch is prepared soon, so we should be ready to eat our lunch” said Tae.

“Aya and Jun’s Angels were on one of the rooms and they will return soon” said Banri.

“They are currently talking about Tomoka’s friends in Keishin as well as Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata” said Subaru.

“Well, that would be a plan to expand the Bravehearts depends on their decision to join those girls” said Natushi.

“There are 177 out of 243 students remain for Keishin Academy Junior High School. And then, the rest are transferred to different schools. So, Kirihara has the most number of your batchmates preferred to transfer with 45, which means that those guests must be one of them aside from Tomoka, her friends and Natsuhi” said Aoi.

“You’re right, Aoi. I realized that it will be a big plan to make this group more like a gathering, of course” said Tae.

“Subaru, if you don’t mind, I will ask Aya about them” said Satsuki.

“Okay” said Subaru as Satsuki went to the room that Aya enters.

“We’ll wait for a few minutes to finish taking their baths” said Banri.

“Yeah, we will” said Aoi.

At the bathroom, the girls went on a relaxing bath after taking their shower. The newly recruits also relaxed themselves as well after Tomoka and her friends invited them to take their bath.

“I feel relaxed again after we play the game” said Hinata.

“Well, it’s refreshing to take a shower, and then we relaxed here” said Airi.

“I was impressed about the newly recruits because they know their roles and have a good teamwork as well” said Kagetsu.

“I’m sure that we have to review them by Monday” said Masami.

“Oh, the newly recruits began to respect you after the game” said Hinata.

“I was planning to schedule the next week’s activities because on Monday, it will be another week to stay at the mansion” said Airi.

“That’s true, Airi. I will talk to Mimi later on about how are we going to review the newly recruits” said Kagetsu.

“It will be based on their skills and tendencies on how they did in training and in game” said Masami.

“That’s a great idea, Masami. I will evaluate them and then, they’ll become permanent members of our team” said Kagetsu.

“You said it, Kagetsu” said Masami.

“Finally, the newly recruits will be hoping to prepare their skills and abilities when they’re in a real competition, Hinata” said Airi.

“You know that Mimi holds everything like Tomoka and Subaru did. It’s her job to look at the players and how their players used their skills and abilities” said Hinata.

“I will be glad that Himeko and her teammates are able to help Mimi and her teammates to work together” said Airi.

“I wish they would, Airi. It will take time to see how they’ll do in the future” said Hinata.

“Maho, can we talk about the guests we saw earlier?” asked Tsubaki.

“Okay, take your time, twins” said Maho.

“My brother remembered how you and one of the guests are friends with each other” said Hiiragi.

“You mean, Hiroshi?” asked Maho.

“Yes, Maho. I was lucky to see a friend who’s a friend of you” said Tsubaki.

“Yeah, Tsubaki. It means that most of the students who are good in basketball haven’t made it to our team” said Maho.

“You’re right about that statement. Hiroshi, Nami and Kotoe were basketball players, but they didn’t make it originally in the first formation of the team. Maho, did you meet Hiroshi, right?” said Saki.

“Yes, Saki. She is one of my friends that they went to my father’s uniform apparel store to buy the jerseys for our section for the intramural competition” said Maho.

“Wow, your father is a fashion designer, too. Well, the jerseys he made were good to fit while we’re playing” said Hiiragi.

“My father was a great businessman and I have my siblings have other professions based on my father’s recommendations in the future. I will become a manager of this hotel soon” said Maho.

“Looks like your father likes you when it comes to your profession” said Tsubaki.

“Since this hotel is owned by your father, Maho, I may have wanted to offer a job with my twin sister while Natsuhi trained players” said Hiiragi.

“Yeah, I will do that when we’re planning to do for the future” said Maho.

“We sure do, Maho” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

“Maho, since Masami and I were usually cooking foods at downtown, we will make sure that we’ll serve foods and entrees at this hotel” said Saki.

“Okay, but we’ll talk about this when we have the time to talk about our expectations for the future” said Maho.

“I agree with that, Maho” said Saki.

“Tomoka, the newly recruits are worked together as a team. I don’t have concerns with them” said Mimi.

“Yeah, Mimi. When we faced each other, I know that you’re strong in being a slasher” said Tomoka.

“I was a good slasher and a lockdown defender when I’m entering Keishin, but when I was in Hawaii, I was assigned as a team captain and I decided to help the coach to settle the strategy to win games” said Mimi.

“Wow, you looked good to be a head coach in the future, but Subaru and I were trained together when he told me to shoot as many as I can” said Tomoka.

“I did it the same thing when I was in Hawaii at my father’s workplace, Tomoka” said Mimi. “So, newly recruits, enjoy the bath?”

“Yes, Mimi” said the newly recruits.

“Mimi, Tomoka, I was delighted that you are real heroes and I liked the special abilities you did” said Himeko.

“Even that we lost, I have to keep working with my skills” said Mizuko.

“We have to work hard with the skills we used and I’m sure that using the Complete Synchronization Skill would change the strategies from time to time” said Yuka.

“I realized that every player has strengths and weaknesses when you play in a real game” said Chiyako.

“When we play the game, we need some skills in order to rally the game from the start up to the end” said Hana.

“We wanted to make sure that when we became new members of this team, we will have more training to work out before we’re ready to play soon” said Asuka.

“Mimi, Tomoka, being a basketball player has many ways to do and while you’re in the game, you need to concentrate on the playbook” said Kana.

“Wow, you girls know everything about basketball. Alright, we’ll be ready to evaluate everything you did from the beginning as well as you need to pass the test before entering to this team” said Mimi.

“Hopefully, when you’re playing with Mimi and her friends, I hope you finally learned everything about the skills and abilities to use. So, it’s time to wear our clothes for us to each our lunch today” said Tomoka.

“Okay” said Mimi and the newly recruits. The girls were done taking their baths and while they are wearing their clothes, Aya, Jun’s Angels and Subaru’s group realized that the three guests were done eating their lunch.

“So, you girls are enjoying eating our lunch before we’re about to eat here” said Aya.

“Yeah” said Nami, Kotoe and Hiroshi.

“It’s so delicious when I tasted the soup” said Kotoe.

“I believe that the maids and butlers have cooked these when we’re outside” said Hiroshi.

“I never expected to eat these foods, but I’m fine with the tempura” said Nami.

“I hope you enjoyed everything you eat and you have to stay here because we’ll be going to eat as well” said Aoi.

“Now, guests, I hope the group is ready, so feel free to talk with us” said Subaru.

“Okay” said Nami, Kotoe and Hiroshi. Later, the Bravehearts, Jun’s Angels and the newly recruits were eating their lunch. Nami, Kotoe and Hiroshi were glad that the members of the Bravehearts and Jun’s Angels and the newly recruits join together with their plans are worked well since Maho made the mansion of her family’s resort hotel as their permanent residence of the Bravehearts.

“We are going to be busier than we usually have trainings because tomorrow will be an outing trip which means that aside from going to Kirihara Middle School and Nashiba High School, we should go shopping for our stuff” said Tomoka.

“I agree, Tomoka” said Maho.

“Of course, it’s almost spring season and we will be ready for the Vernal Week tomorrow” said Saki.

“Actually, since the three guests and Aya are here today. We’re planning to join us soon because Aya will leave Suzuridani for Kirihara next year while the three will enroll at Kirihara this year” said Airi.

“Also, they will be joining us for tomorrow when we are going to Kirihara Middle School” said Hinata.

“The newly recruits are hoping to become permanent members of the girls’ basketball team by Monday” said Mimi.

“As we are going to evaluate the results of the newly recruits from our yesterday’s special training up to today’s game” said Kagetsu.

“Now, that we only have one more test to become permanent members of the team starting next month” said Tsubaki.

“It will be an examination where they will have to do their skills and techniques in front of us” said Hiiragi.

“Of course, on the third week of the first term, we will start doing our daily activities in coinciding of the opening of membership of students to join regular, extracurricular and sports clubs” said Masami.

“For the meantime, we will be planning some things to do when we’re reaching to the second week of the vacation where the Vernal Week starts tomorrow and ends on Wednesday” said Subaru.

“Okay, we will update for us” said the newly recruits.

“Sure, girls. You’ll be ready in no time” said Natsuhi.

“So, today, we have to go to the park of the resort hotel where everyone enjoys seeing the view while the sun shines bright” said Aoi.

“Let’s hope that we will be enjoying the view of the seas and skies out there” said Satsuki.

“Then, on the evening, we will be updating the information about the students from Kuoh Academy” said Tae.

“They’ll be here tomorrow after our meeting with Kazunari Uehara and I’m thinking that they are planning to hold internships for students” said Banri.

“So, right now, I will introduce to you the two students from Keishin Academy and a friend of mine. They will be enrolling at Kirihara Middle School next month” said Tomoka.

“Okay, tell us your names” said Subaru.

“I’m Hiroshi Yamanaka from section 6-C”

“I’m Nami Tamayama from section 6-B”

“And I’m Kotoe Kano from Saki Elementary School”

“So, Hiroshi, Nami and Kotoe students are good in basketball, but they aren’t part of the first formation of the girls’ basketball team. Tomoka and I were choosing the first members based on who’s the best player when it comes to the positions” said Maho.

“It’s so nice to meet you, Maho and I wanted to have time to be in the hotel because my family is here as well” said Hiroshi.

“Oh, it looks like you are in vacation too, so come along and join us” said Hinata.

“Okay, Hinata” said Hiroshi.

“Kotoe and I were called by Hiroshi to spend here and Tomoka called us to reunite again since our last encounter” said Nami.

“As long as you are here to enjoy our stay, you can take time to join our activities while we’re searching to expand our membership of the team” said Saki.

“So, Saki, what members do you want to join this group?” asked Kotoe.

“We have to invite our friends of mine as well as relatives and acquaintances” said Saki.

“Are you searching for them to become members of your group?” asked Nami.

“Yes, Nami. We should start working together to acquire them and hopefully we will be able to work for us in the future” said Tomoka.

“If you want, you can join us to search our friends on track” said Saki.

“Okay, we’ll do it” said Hiroshi, Nami and Kotoe.

“I agree with them. They are friends of us while we’re tracking some of the good players in Keishin” said Tomoka.

“I hope we can search for some good players in our former school, but right now, let’s go to the park everyone” said Saki.

“Okay!” all the members of the Bravehearts and Jun’s Angels, Aya, the newly recruits, Hiroshi, Nami and Kotoe replied. They would go to the park at the Misawa Resort Hotel where many guests wanted to see the view and spend their time to enjoy their recreational activities.

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'The Breeze of the Blues" Part 2

The Bravehearts went on a walk at the park while the three guests were accompanied by Tomoka and Saki.

“Thanks for inviting us here, Tomoka” said Nami.

“I can also do the same thing” said Kotoe.

“Me too, Tomoka. It wasn’t you who invited us, but your friends” said Hiroshi.

“I appreciated it, Nami, Kotoe and Hiroshi. While you’re here, I wondered about how you met my friends in my former school” said Tomoka.

“Jun Gotō and Michiko Takeda?” said Nami. “I know Jun and Michiko. They’re rivals because you changed sides while you got obsessed on playing basketball.”

“I met Jun when I went to the park and I saw her and her bandmates performing a song in front of my friends in the class” said Hiroshi.

“I saw Michiko playing basketball, but she also got techniques too” said Kotoe.

“I preferred to them as your friends from your former school. Jun is friendly to her fellow schoolmates, despite of being an orphan. Michiko is much jealous to Jun after Tomoka and Jun began to work together” said Nami.

“Although that I am a passionate basketball player, I missed a lot of things I remembered before Jun and I were reunited before the graduation” said Tomoka.

“You see, Tomoka has many friends and although that she is passionate to be with them, she likes to be with us and her friends the most” said Saki.

“I began to follow your footsteps, Tomoka and Saki, when the two of us were practicing our skills in basketball. Although our section was composed of equal players, we helped them and tried hard to defeat section 6-C, but we lost” said Nami.

“Well, you know about us after you saw us playing against Miyu Aida and Suzuridani Academy” said Tomoka.

“Yeah” said Nami, Kotoe and Hiroshi.

“As you can see, we decided to bring luck in our school and because our team has composed of dearest and passionate players, we made sure that we witness history in forming the girls’ basketball team” said Saki.

“You two are awesome playing against Suzuridani and I expected that when we played together against some of the toughest high school teams, we will make sure that we will be the best in the prefecture” said Hiroshi.

“Oh, thank you, Hiroshi. You’re a nice girl with gentleness and kindness” said Tomoka.

“Thank you too, Tomoka” said Hiroshi.

“Saki, when the skies are blue, it goes through purification. I believe that the blessing has changed the lives of the students of Keishin Academy since we decided to help you together” said Nami.

“As you all know, I decided to start forming the basketball team because Tomoka was confident about how she befriend us based on the positions. I am a point guard, Tomoka is a shooting guard, Hinata is a small forward, Maho is a power forward and Airi is a center” said Saki.

“I’m very interested about your team and I hope we became classmates when we started our new school year” said Kotoe.

“Okay, I’m fine with that. Well, would you look at that view” said Saki as the Bravehearts saw the view with sea, skies and clouds move forward. The breeze of the clouds makes the view more beautiful. They were happy in joy as they liked the view.

“Ah, what a nice fresh air, Subaru” said Aoi.

“Yeah, I like the sound of a breeze to feel us better” said Subaru.

“Wisdom and opportunity are the words related to the view” said Natsuhi.

“We’ll hopefully begin our quest soon, Satsuki” said Tae.

“I feel hyped for this at least we feel relaxed like the old days” said Satsuki.

“Now, everyone wants to relax and enjoy at the park” said Aya.

“It’s true to say that we relax and enjoy with happy faces, Aya” said Banri.

“It’s clear that this is the best view I ever had” said Maho.

“As long as this view is the perfect fit to stay here, I like the clouds” said Airi.

“Oh, I like the colorful birds flying, Airi” said Hinata.

“My perfect picture of blue skies matched my clothes” said Mimi.

“A fine day after we play at the court” said Hiiragi.

“I wondered what would be the lesson we want to expect a great day” said Tsubaki.

“We have to ascend boarders and hope for the great expectations” said Masami.

“It feels good with our expectations we made from the day we lived there” said Kagetsu.

“I’m assured that tomorrow will be another great day for us” said Jun.

“Me too, Jun” said Sora.

“The combination of breeze and music can hear the sounds of angels” said Nozomi.

“Wow, you looked confident about what we practiced at home” said Kyō.

“The girls are very excited to perform again in our town” said Kurumi.

“The blue skies were always here to make everyone happy” said Sakura.

“I dedicated this to my schoolmates because they are helping me a lot” said Kōme.

“Everyone in the band feels energetic to see the view” said Yuzuha.

“I should listen to the waves of the sea that makes me excited about our future, girls” said Himeko.

“I will commit to play with the girls who are being gentle” said Mizuko.

“We will grow together as we long as we will feel good together” said Yuka.

“I like to relax myself, so that I can ready to improve my skills” said Chiyako.

“You know that it would be a beautiful day to refresh ourselves after we play together” said Hana.

“I like the waves and breezes when you take a look at the view” said Asuka.

“I will take a picture of the view I wanted to dream with” said Kana.

“Well, that view is good to see in the afternoon” said Nami.

“As long as we will be ready again, I will commit to play soon” said Hiroshi.

“You girls are more beautiful than my schoolmates, but I am the most” said Kotoe.

“This day will witness us to see how we progress as a team” said Saki.

“Yeah, I will never forget this view because it is a day to remember everything from the past” said Tomoka. The Bravehearts smile together in joy as they will expect to grow together in the future. Later, they began to explore at the park after they refreshed themselves from looking the view.

Subaru, Tomoka, Saki, Hiroshi, Nami and Kotoe went to seat on the bench while the rest of the Bravehearts were playing recreational games.

“Subaru, these girls were enrolling at Kirihara Middle School and they are looking forward to join the basketball club soon” said Tomoka.

“Now that’s what we will talk about” said Subaru.

“Actually, Subaru, you know that the trainings will begin in the third week of the first term, so Kazunari will settle everything during the meeting of the basketball club” said Saki.

“Oh, you’re right, Saki. Thanks for noticing that” said Subaru.

“So, about the club, Subaru?” asked Hiroshi.

“The Nashiba High School basketball club is one of the prestigious high school teams in the prefecture from their early days until an incident put the team into a one-year suspension” said Subaru.

“So, while you’re coaching the girls, did the players have gone separate ways?” said Nami.

“Yeah, many of us began to play elsewhere, but Aoi and I went to Keishin, in order to coach the Keishin girls’ basketball team. The other players have competed in different competitions that they were loaned from Nashiba while others move on to focus on coaching and scouting” said Subaru.

“I see. I would tell you that you have influenced with them after the girls formed the club” said Kotoe.

“Yes, they decided to let me coaching the team and we were able to progress enough. We build together, we train together and we excel together. We finally made the first real formation of the team composed of sixth and fifth graders” said Subaru.

“Our teamwork worked the most while playing against tough opponents. We also created special abilities, so that we were able to gain our potential as we were to win against them. We hopefully going to use the special abilities when we’re in Kirihara soon” said Tomoka.

“Our skills and techniques are stronger than the other players in this prefecture, but we hoped to accomplish our major goal: to become a formidable team to compete in the prefecture” said Saki.

“That dream would be come true if we were able to win more games than we have in Keishin” said Subaru.

“I’m sure you’ll going to make it eventually. So, right now, how’s your training in basketball, Nami?” said Tomoka.

“Kotoe and I were trained together with my schoolmates and we were able to have our special abilities too” said Nami.

“So, will you show it to us by the time we’ll have our outdoor practice soon?” asked Saki.

“We’ll do that if we can find some nice places to play aside from the resort hotel” said Nami.

“Okay, we’ll settle this, Nami. Subaru, we’ll have another activity to be scheduled in a few days” said Tomoka.

“Okay, we’ll include that to our to-do list” said Subaru.

“That’s the spirit!” said Kotoe.

“I hope you are glad to be cool off and I hope that we will train together soon” said Saki.

“You said it, Saki. We’ll be ready” said Nami.

“I feel enjoyed while sitting with you” said Hiroshi.

“Well, looks like you’re comfortable while we’re sitting here” said Nami.

“I like cozy places like this. I really like to enjoy the spot to see the view, swim out there and play recreational games” said Kotoe.

“If you want to be more comfortable, why will go to the recreational center where you can play whatever you want” said Tomoka.

“Of course, since we’re residents of the mansion as guests, we have the freedom to enjoy the privileges at the resort hotel” said Saki.

“But for those who were guests in the resort hotel, you have to pay the charge when you’re going to play with” said Subaru.

“Okay, we’ll have our money to go there” said Nami.

“That’s nice. Then, let’s go to the recreational center” said Tomoka.

“Okay!” said Saki, Nami, Kotoe, Hiroshi and Subaru as the six went to the recreational center. They would play badminton with Nami and Kotoe facing off against Tomoka and Saki.

Nami starts the game as she smashes the shuttlecock, then Tomoka smashes back. Kotoe tried to smash back and she made, and then Saki would smash hard to receive a point for her team.

“Are you girls looked good to play?” asked Saki.

“Yeah, at least a little of it” said Nami.

Tomoka smashes the shuttlecock, and then Nami smashes back. Saki smashes the shuttlecock perfectly to receive another point for her team.

“So, do you think you’re good, Saki?” asked Kotoe.

“Yeah, with my directions are my key to see how the object goes, I decided to catch or get that object all the time” said Saki.

“We should play another game” said Nami.

“Okay” said Tomoka, Saki and Kotoe.

Tomoka, Saki, Nami, Kotoe and Hiroshi have decided to play bowling. Tomoka scored a spare, Nami scored a nine as well and Hiroshi scored an eight.

Kotoe’s turn is up as she is about to use her speed to roll the bowling ball. The ball smashes all the pins and Kotoe scored a strike. “Yes! I’m good at this one” said Kotoe.

“Your turn” said Hiroshi to Saki as Saki holds the bowling ball and is about to roll the ball. She accelerates her speed and rolls the ball better than Kotoe. The ball smashes nine pins.

“Wow, that was so close” said Tomoka.

“It’s okay. I’ll deal with this” said Saki as she is going to use her acceleration to roll the ball. She would do the same thing as earlier and this time, the ball smashes one pin. Saki scored a spare.

“I got the spare as well, Tomoka” said Saki.

“Wow! You’re good too, Saki” said Tomoka. “Anyway, this center is full of guests playing sports and recreational games. I wonder what we will have to use the basketball court over there.”

“Interesting point, Tomoka” said Saki.

“That’s the court that we are using for the game earlier” said Subaru.

“Oh, you’re right. About the game, it was a good match to see how the newly recruits able to work on in a game by using their skills and techniques” said Tomoka.

“I feel that we should be ready for tomorrow’s visit at Kirihara Middle School and Nashiba High School” said Saki.

“You know that I went there before when Maho, my friends and I were practicing our techniques to prepare for the intramural competition. Natsuhi told me that I learned Fire Works as my special ability to use in the game” said Hiroshi.

“So, you’re also using Fire Works as your special skill?” asked Saki.

“Yes. It was so good that I may be able to steal or block the ball with full acceleration” said Hiroshi.

“I agreed with you, Hiroshi. Nami and Kotoe are good in the backcourt, but usually they have the same position as shooting guard. Hiroshi, you’re a forward, right?” said Tomoka.

“Yes, I played with the three and Hinata and Maho were usually my mentors when we’re practicing for the class” said Hiroshi.

“It will be happy if we’re going to have a reunion soon with them” said Tomoka.

“So, what’s the reunion you’re talking about?” said Hiroshi.

“Our section is going on a reunion by summer and we have to adjust our plans soon” said Saki.

“Since there are 40 students in our section, only 19 of them have decided to stay in Keishin for junior high school. That means that the 21 of them are us” said Hiroshi.

“I’m going to say that it will take a long time to reunite with our schoolmates since we have many goals to be accomplished and we have to gain our relationship with the batch too” said Tomoka.

“I’m counting on that, Tomoka” said Hiroshi.

“Me too. I’m from section 6-B and since we’re friends with you, this will be a family of friends” said Nami.

“If Nami wants, then I will be joining too” said Kotoe.

“Our goal will be accomplished once we are searching and inviting them. Then, I will be happy to join our journey, Hiroshi, Nami and Kotoe” said Saki.

“Count me in!” said Hiroshi, Nami and Kotoe.

“Subaru, we finally invite them to join our group. Now, we will have to recruit Michiko and our fellow friends from Keishin Academy” said Tomoka. The word “fellow friends” refers to other students who were friends with the Bravehearts in Keishin Academy.

“Okay. Alright, girls, we have to go back to the park where the others are still playing” said Subaru.

“Okay” said Tomoka, Saki, Hiroshi, Nami and Kotoe. The six went back to the park as the members of the Bravehearts and Jun’s Angels, Aya and the newly recruits have done playing recreational games.

“So, what’s the next activity for today?” asked Maho.

“Our next activity is we are going to the hall to search of our friends including the younger batches of Mimi and Himeko” said Tomoka.

“Well, we have many friends from this section and not only some of our batchmates play basketball, they have something else” said Maho.

“Of course, Maho. We have to group those friends one by one. It will be Tomoka, you, me, Airi and Hinata” said Saki.

“Then, we’ll reserved the other members for the rest of the members of the group” said Airi.

“As Maho says, there’s a chance that some of them are athletes from other sports” said Hinata.

“Right now, I will be wondering who will be in charge for the duties for recruitment” said Subaru.

“I will be in charge for recruitment, Subaru” said Saki.

“Okay, Saki. I will be the supervisor for the recruitment in the meantime” said Subaru.

“As Saki and Subaru will search for members to join the group, other members will be given duties later on. Jun and the Angels, when will you have free time?” said Tomoka.

“As you can see, we only have practice three times a week, so it depends on our adviser whether we will return to this mansion soon” said Jun.

“Okay, we’ll keep in touch if you have time to talk with us later” said Tomoka.

“I will, Tomoka” said Jun.

“It’s 4:35. We still have time to enjoy relaxing and playing at the park. So, we’ll be ready for the next activity after dinner” said Saki.

“Then, let’s play” said Tomoka as the Bravehearts, Jun’s Angels, Aya and the newly recruits returned to relax and play at the park as the sun is about to go down in a few hours. With Nami, Kotoe, and Hiroshi are new members of the Bravehearts, Tomoka will have to find more friends to join the Bravehearts as the group will start planning to expand the group.

UP NEXT: Chapter 9: "From Dusk to Dawn"

Finally, I'm done finishing Chapter 9 with the first appearance of the characters from High School DxD. It will be posted tomorrow as Volume 1 will be done by the weekend, (Sunday, August 6). I will start doing Chapter 10 and the Special Chapter tomorrow, so that I will be ready to brainstorm ideas for Volume 2 with the title "Friends and Relations" where Tomoka and her friends began to expand the Bravehearts by choosing close friends from school and family.
 
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Okay, I'm back with good news and bad news. The good news is that Chapter 9 will be posted tonight because it will be the first appearance of the characters from High School DxD. Of course, this world is set with Japan is a liberal-influenced nation while a few references from the DxD universe were included, so this crossover series is composed of two universes combined as the Bravehearts are finally going to meet Rias Gremory and the Occult Research Club. Now, for the bad news. Unfortunately, I may need to post Chapter 10 and probably Chapter 11 and the Special Chapter by Monday because I wasn't begin to draft Chapter 10. This chapter will be the continued part of The Bravehearts meets the Occult Research Club. However, don't worry, I will be able to finish Volume 1 on the time I posted the final two chapters and the special chapter. But for now, hope you are ready to see the members of the Occult Research Club in the series because Chapter 9 is posted. Enjoy!

In this chapter, the Bravehearts have an outing for three reasons: 1.) going to Shitoba High School for Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi, Hinata, Yokono, Nami and Kotoe have to get their own I.D. card, the final requirement to become students of that school; 2.) going to Kuoh Academy after Rias Gremory and the Occult Research Club invites them to explore the school; and 3.) going to a downtown mall where Tomoka and the Bravehearts have to find the best gift for her childhood friend, Michiko Takeda. Michiko Takeda finally sees Tomoka Minato and Jun Gotō since their last encounter in their former school. Will the new friendship of the three changes everything to the Bravehearts?

VOLUME 1: “A BLESSING START”
CHAPTER 9: “FROM DUSK TO DAWN”

At the Hyodo Residence, Issei Hyodo and the Occult Research Club were staying there because Issei dated Rias Gremory and her friends and dreamed to become the Harem King. Issei was such a lucky boy and known to show the girls how he would try to be enjoyable in his life. It’s almost nighttime and there are no rules in the community because Koto is a neighborhood of nocturnes. Of course, the members of the Occult Research Club are currently using sightseeing to see some of their friends on how they are doing.

Kuoh Academy is their home, but since Rias and her batchmates were third year students, the club has found themselves looking to see some of the new club members to join the team. Rias and her batchmates are enrolling at a community college, which means that Asia will become the president of the Occult Research Club.

Issei and his friends are walking in the streets as they are going to a Japanese restaurant and then they will go back to Hyodo Residence.

“Rias, what are your plans in the future?” said Issei.

“I will have to study hard and plan to become a member of the human resources club” said Rias.

“I wanted to explore to communicate with new faces and probably write some literary pieces” said Akeno.

“Hopefully, I will finish my training to become a combat fighter like my sister did” said Koneko.

“When I’m taking the office as the president of the club, I wanted to make sure that the devils and angels are cooperating to each other no matter what will happen to them” said Asia.

“I will prepare a meeting with my friends in the academy where I gather some information about the Southern Sun Conference” said Yuto.

“I hope that I will have opportunities to create the Light Reminisce Group where swordsmen will gather together to plan some ideas and to conduct a Rating Games school of mine” said Xenovia.

“If your plan is to create a Rating Games school of yours, I will start owning a community school to help the young ones to study and excel” said Irina.

“I wanted to go back to my home for me to start learning martial arts soon, so that I will be able to defeat the invaders” said Gasper.

“I will teach more students to let them excel in academics. I’m sure that they know me when I’m entering Kuoh for the first time” said Rossweisse.

“I wanted to support my brother and my family to participate at any Rating Games matches and I will try to use my skills to overcome opponents” said Ravel.

“My plans for the future are to keep communicating with you and try my best to learn my skills while using the Sacred Gear” said Issei.

“Wow, Issei! I was also saying that aside from my plans I’ll do” said Asia.

“Issei never misses anything he wants because he is a prolonged humble guy” said Rias.

“I’m sure he would try to conquer anything after we beat the invaders” said Koneko.

“Our club is gaining opportunities to host Rating Games competitions as long as we were able to meet more expectations like experts who have the influenced with the legend that witness many years ago” said Yuto.

“Probably, if we can start training outside the school to battle against teams with good strength” said Ravel.

“You know that we have influences with other groups, but we never call them strangers of the dark” said Gasper.

“I wondered what would be our next mission to do” said Xenovia.

“You know that the students from the south were having the same level but have focus on sports” said Irina.

“I believe that those students are from Keishin Academy and most of the members are going to Kirihara Middle School” said Rossweisse.

“Keishin Academy? That school is far away from our school” said Issei.

“That’s right, Issei. We are living in a group of connected towns and I assumed that the other students from other schools are having their time to have their own hobbies, but no one has ever learned the Rating Games” said Rias.

“Yeah, Chiyoda has too many experts based on their own professions while other towns in Tokyo are good at other professions other than combat games” said Koneko.

“The residents of Koto are focused on night viewing and they wanted to make sure that their environment is good as green” said Asia.

“Well, our objective in Kuoh is to protect people from invaders and I remembered that other brigades are currently in training to combat against invaders like syndicates and dark factions” said Akeno.

“There are two kinds of dark factions: the good dark side and the bad dark side” said Yuto.

“Maybe this world is ruled in mixed liberal influence and occult nocturnal-born influence” said Xenovia.

“Is it interesting that we want to know about those factions?” said Irina.

“I guess I will do that. The good dark side faction is composed of the organizations who were accepting the traditional feudal system of the devils and follows the Code of Maou. On the other hand, the bad dark side faction is composed of the organizations who were opposing the traditional feudal system of the devils and despises anything that may harm the community itself” said Roseweisse.

“Are you sure that those invaders are going to attack the town again?” asked Gasper.

“I’m sure it will be but according to Azazel, there are no threats in our town” said Ravel.

“Issei, I hope that tomorrow will be a big day to visit those lovely students from Keishin and we should invite them to visit at our school” said Rias.

“Well, okay” said Issei. The club members of the Occult Research Club continued to walk from the Japanese restaurant as they done eating their dinner right there. At the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel, Subaru, Aoi, Aya, Natsuhi, Satsuki and Tae were in the living room while the rest of the members are in the hall. They have separate activities to do for tonight.

“Kuoh Academy is surely a special high school, but it seems that it is almost looked like a community college to me” said Tae.

“Of course, not, Tae. I believe that the specialty schools are looked like junior colleges, but they have focused on their main profession that was good at” said Satsuki.

“I’m not sure if other schools have been considered special, but not all of the schools were special schools” said Natsuhi.

“Also, their president Rias Gremory was one of the most respected girls in Kuoh Academy. She refers to the family and friends as the Crimson-Haired Ruin Princess” said Aoi.

“The members of the Occult Research Club are once being members of the Gremory Team. It is composed of devils that are servants to the Rias and have combined powers through the use of Sacred Gears” said Subaru.

“The perverted guy named Issei Hyodo was one of the members of their team who have many abilities to use while competing in a Rating Games match or a war against their enemies” said Aya.

“So, how are we classifying them as high-class devils?” asked Tae.

“It’s based on their experiences in using the abilities to determine their class ranking in their own system” said Satsuki.

“Each servant and King has their class ranking based on the participation in the Rating Games they join and the abilities they used in a Rating Games match” said Natushi.

“So, what is Rating Games, Aoi?” asked Aya.

“I referred that Rating Games is a combat strategy game where two teams are facing each other to determine who has the strongest team they got. As members used their abilities to power up themselves and defeat their opponents, they have strategies for each team to double the power of their abilities” said Aoi.

“There are many high-class devils participating at the Rating Games and they usually have the strongest powers they use and mastered their abilities all by themselves. Of course, some schools who have their Rating Games team are participating in Rating Games competitions like tournaments and duels” said Subaru.

“Friends, we have the lists of members of the Occult Research Club. I believe that they also become members of the Gremory Team” said Tae.

“Okay, good. Let’s see. The members of the Occult Research Club are Issei Hyodo, Asia Argento, Akeno Himejima, Koneko Toujou, Yuto Kiba, Xenovia Quarta, Irina Shido, Gasper Bloddy, Azalel, Roseweisse, Ravel Phoenix and their leader Rias Gremory” said Satsuki.

“Ah, you found the list of members of the club. Perfect!” said Aoi.

“We should read those profiles while the Bravehearts are checking the lists of friends for each of our members” said Subaru.

“I guess we should read many of those profiles” said Natsuhi.

“We wanted to know about them” said Aya.

“Okay. Everyone, we will read about their profiles and then we should be ready to see them by tomorrow” said Subaru.

“Okay” said Aoi, Natsuhi, Tae, Satsuki and Aya. Meanwhile, the other members of the group have done researching the lists of friends of every member of the Bravehearts and since Keishin Academy has six sections per each level, there are at least 240 students on the batch while at least 40 students on the class. However, the Bravehearts will only choose their close friends to them while their stay at Keishin Academy.

“Okay, girls. We finally done researching the lists of our friends with us and we will only choose the close friends who were friendlier to us” said Saki.

“So, we will also invite our friends outside Keishin Academy where I will give the assignments to our members to find them soon” said Tomoka.

“So, let’s start the expansion of members in our group with Tomoka’s friends” said Nami.

“Since Michiko Takeda will be here tomorrow, there are some of our friends will also come as well” said Jun.

“I assumed that we can talk to them after the meeting of the basketball club” said Hiroshi.

“We should invite Michiko and others to a shop and give the gift to her tomorrow” said Airi.

“That’s a great idea, Airi. You’re good in thinking ideas about what are we going to do to them” said Hinata.

“Thanks, Hinata” said Airi.

“I forgot to mention about the Occult Research Club. They will come to Nashiba High School and invite us to visit the Kuoh Academy” said Maho.

“For the visit to Kuoh Academy, I’m sure that we can have plans to go for internship, but as long as we need our members to master Rating Games” said Saki.

“As of now, Nashibaa High School doesn’t have the Rating Games team and since Nashiba is a sister school to the University of Tokyo, the students in Nashiba are not interested in that game after all” said Tomoka.

“Instead of creating a Rating Games team, we will ask for internship” said Kotoe.

“Yeah, we have opportunities to track down the invaders in our town” said Hiroshi.

“As long as Rias wanted to invite one of our members, we will be able to help them to spot her enemies” said Jun.

“Okay, we wanted to make sure that our safety committee will protect people from the bad dark side factions like invaders and rogue brigadiers” said Mimi.

“Yeah, Mimi. But I got an idea, since you’re a member of the safety committee in Keishin, I want you to form a group of students to report anything about them” said Maho.

“Okay, Maho. I’ll do it” said Mimi.

“Actually, my family members are members of the downtown safety committee. I will join your group, Mimi” said Masami.

“Okay, Masami. I’ll be glad if you will help me, is that right?” said Mimi.

“Well, yes I am, Mimi” said Masami.

“That’s the spirit, Mimi and Masami! While the safe committee will be created, we should organize the chart soon” said Nami.

“Yeah, Nami. Let’s make sure that once the organization chart is done before classes will start soon” said Tomoka.

“I will help my brother to find my friends outside Keishin. I enjoyed staying at my family sports gym, but I wanted to have time to stay with my brother soon. Also, my other siblings have many friends with the customers as well” said Airi.

“Aya, my sister Airi and I were hoping to find some good athletes in gymnastics or athletics in our sports gym, but if you want to stay at the sports gym, then I’ll ask our parents to allow you to stay at our sports gym” said Banri.

“Okay, Banri” said Airi.

“On the other hand, Kagetsu and I were members of a pink-haired-only club in our town. I will be glad that we’ll be going to our club’s office soon” said Hinata.

“Just like what Airi and Banri planned to find more friends, we’ll do the same thing” said Kagetsu.

“Okay, Hinata and Kagetsu. I’ll accept your proposal as well as the other one” said Saki.

“Okay, thanks, Saki” said Hinata, Kagetsu, Airi and Banri.

“Do you have other plans to do while expanding our group, Tsbuaki, Hiiragi?” asked Maho.

“We will be monitoring the group to see what they are doing” said Tsubaki.

“It seems that our members have to find new members, we will let the members to report to us on their progress of their assignments” said Hiiragi.

“Okay, but you have to stay at our mansion, so that your brother Natsuhi will be joining you to ask our members on how’s the progress of their assignments” said Maho.

“Me too, Maho, I will be monitoring for Tomoka and others while we’re on practice in our band’s house” said Nozomi while holding Sora. The other members of Jun’s Angels smiled on Maho after Nozomi and Sora asked Maho to monitor Tomoka’s friends while they’re on practice.

“Okay, fine. You two will monitor for Tomoka and her friends” said Maho.

“That’s great!” said Nozomi and Sora.

“So, right now, the goals for next week are to finish our organization chart and to add new members for us to give assignments to them. Then, if you don’t have any questions to ask, then we should end this activity and go to bed right now” said Saki.

“Okay!” said the members of the Bravehearts and Jun’s Angels and the newly recruits as the fifth day of the activities in the group’s spring vacation ended with new plans are added for the group.

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"From Dusk to Dawn" Part 2

The next day comes as the Bravehearts are leaving the mansion to go to the town to visit the Kirihara Middle School. Before they leave the mansion, Hiroshi asked her parents to join with the Bravehearts.

“Mom, Dad, can I leave for a while to go to Kirihara Middle School for the enrollment?” asked Hiroshi.

“Okay, but make sure that you go back before dusk” said Hiroshi’s dad.

“Okay, I promise” said Hiroshi.

“Have fun with them, my daughter” said Hiroshi’s mom.

“Okay, I will” said Hiroshi as she waves her hand to her parents to say goodbye to her parents and joins with the Bravehearts to begin the outing where the first trip is going to Kirihara Middle School.

The Misawa Resort Hotel bus leaves the compound to move to their first destination for today’s outing. The Bravehearts, Jun’s Angels, the newly recruits and Aya began to see the view of the buildings in the town. The bus stops moving and parks at the school parking area.

“We’re here!” said Subaru as the Bravehearts, Jun’s Angels, the newly recruits and Aya saw the façade of Kirihara Middle School. “This will be your new school, Tomoka and friends. We will finish one more requirement to become students of Kirihara High School: to have an identification (I.D.) card for you to use for any privileges.”

“After that, we will go to Nashiba High School for the meeting of the basketball club. So, since I will be representing for the girls’ team, Kazunari and Subaru will be representing for the boys’ team” said Aoi.

“It’s a great honor to become a representative for the boys’ basketball club with my friend Kazunari. Then, let’s go to the I.T. room” said Subaru. The team has visited the ground floor of Kirihara High School where the administrative offices were located. It also houses the school’s cafeteria and information technology room. The IT worker took the pictures of Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata and created the I.D.s for them.

“My own I.D. card is looking good” said Tomoka.

“Me too, Tomoka. I smile a lot” said Maho.

“We can use this anywhere we go” said Saki.

“We can keep the I.D. in our wallet, so that it won’t lose” said Airi.

“Okay, Airi” said Hinata as Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata kept their new I.D.s at their wallets. “This is going to be our new life in Kirihara. Right, Subaru?”

“Yep. We went there to enroll for next school year as well. After your graduation, we decided to invite you to enroll for next school year together” said Subaru.

“It’s a great honor that we finally entering Kirihara as first year students” said Tomoka.

“You said it, Tomoka. We are ready to start our new journey here” said Saki.

“I’m so excited that we are here thanks to your help in our basketball club” said Maho.

“I’m very happy with you, Subaru. I hope we will hang out together soon” said Airi.

“As you all know, we will be classmates together because we’re assigned to 1-C” said Hinata.

“I hope that you are finally enrolled at my former school because we’ll be going to Nashiba High School and straight to the gym for the first meeting of the basketball club. Come on, everybody, let’s go back to the bus and go to Nashiba High School the gym” said Subaru.

“Okay” said all the members of the Bravehearts as the meeting for the basketball club is about to begin at Nashiba High School. Michiko Takeda would see Tomoka and her friends as they left Kirihara and went to the bus to go to Subaru’s current school Nashiba High School. Michiko Takeda and her friends would go to her father’s car to go to Nashiba High School as well.

After they arrived at Nashiba High School, they entered to the gym where Kazunari Uehara and the athletic staff were present at the stage.

“Subaru, Aoi. You’re just in time to start the meeting” said Kazunari.

“Okay, we’ll be in a minute” said Aoi and Subaru.

“Everyone, you have to seat right there” said Subaru.

“What’s going on?” said Maho.

“The meeting is about to start and Aoi and I were representing for the basketball club. So, Saki, you’re in charge” said Subaru.

“Okay, Subaru” said Saki.

“Good. Now I gotta go” said Subaru as he and Aoi went to the team staff at the center of the gym where about 80 students were attended to see the basketball club again.

“Good afternoon, everyone. Today is the day that we’re all waiting for so long” said Mr. Furukawa. “I’ll present to you the Nashiba High School Basketball Club!”

Kazunari, Subaru, Aoi and Saori Aoyama were present at the stage. They are revealed themselves as captains and vice captains of the basketball club.

“Subaru is the captain of the team?” said Tomoka.

“How did he become the captain?” said Maho.

“I get it. Subaru and Kazunari were friends to each other as well as Aoi. Then, Kazunari, then offered Subaru a job to become the captain of the team while himself being the vice-captain of the team” said Saki.

“Aoi is the new captain of the team and hopefully she’s going to improve the girls’ basketball club” said Airi.

“Oh, it seems that Aoi will finally play for Nashiba and it will be fun to play in Nashiba soon when we’re tenth graders” said Hinata.

“Greetings, students. As you all know, the administration had reinstated our basketball program after a year of suspension because of our player, also an ex-advisor was charged of sexual harassment. Since then, we have new hope that we might want to change and I want all of you to expect that we’ll be trying our best to become the best team in the prefecture” said Kazunari.

“We wanted our basketball program to be more improved as possible. This is our dream for everyone aside from other sports like gymnastics, football, baseball, tennis, athletics and many more” said Saori.

“It’s been a long time since I was improving myself to play outside Nashiba and we wanted our dreams come true. Our true formation of a basketball team will witness the changes since we worked hard inside and outside the school. I wonder what would be the true meaning of formation” said Subaru.

“The formation is to create or establish a program that we wanted to build for the community. Our school is ready to get back in action as we wanted all of you to register at our basketball program next month” said Aoi.

“So, don’t be surprised if you will ever witness the reincarnation of the basketball team sooner or later” said Kazunari.

“There you have it. Let’s give a round of applause for our new captains and vice-captains of the basketball team” said Mr. Furukawa as everyone clapped their hands to give the newly appointed captains and vice-captains a standing ovation. Later, the Bravehearts left the gym as they walked together.

“Subaru, it seems that you’re ready to be back in the game again. I hope you are trying to improve more as you can” said Tomoka.

“Yes, I know. I let Kazunari joined us in the group because I need him to be part of this organization” said Subaru.

“Yeah, you and Kazunari were both friends to each other and it’s been a long time that they word together with Aoi” said Saki.

“I was with Subaru and Kazunari for many times in the rooftop of our building. Then, we talk about anything in our class as well as our sports program” said Aoi.

“I think you have your potentials are going better and it looks like we will join the club soon” said Maho.

“Yep. So, by the third week of the first term, we are allowed to have trainings for our basketball team. Which means that we have more time to expand the Bravehearts” said Subaru.

“I’m so proud of you that both of you are captains of the basketball club. I hope that you are working together as long as we will win more games” said Airi.

“Thanks, Airi” said Aoi and Subaru.

“I recalled back in one of our conversations where we decided to help the other athletes from other sports. They help us in bringing back the basketball program” said Aoi.

“By the way, Aoi, it seems that Mr. Furukawa is a young guy who is the manager of the club. Who is him?” said Hinata.

“Mr. Furukawa is a third-year student and his father is also a basketball player. Sometimes, he was gentle and humble during the class while he is conducting trainings with his father in his town” said Aoi.

“Hey, is that Michiko?” asked Kotoe as they stopped walking and saw Michiko Takeda, who is sitting in the bench alone. On the other hand, they also saw some of the attendees listed on the lists of friends.

“I think she is” said Nami.

“Well, let’s talk to her” said Tomoka. Tomoka, Nami, Kotoe, Hiroshi, Jun, Saki and Subaru went to Michiko while the other members of the team are hoping to see both Tomoka and Michiko being friends again.

“Michiko, what are you doing?” said Tomoka.

“I’m trying to find my friends in my former school” said Michiko.

“Who are your friends?” asked Jun.

“I’m looking for Jun Gotō and Tomoka Minato” said Michiko. Jun and Tomoka gasped as Michiko remembered the two when they’re schoolmates in their former school.

“Michiko, I knew you remember me since I didn’t see you again after you did this to me” said Tomoka.

“Do you think that I hated you because of your obsession of playing basketball?” said Michiko.

“Yes, it’s my fault for trying to be obsessed in playing, but I wanted to play with you again” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, Tomoka wanted to say sorry to you because she didn’t admit that she is obsessed on playing basketball” said Jun.

“Tomoka, Jun, okay, I was wrong about what I have done to you. You see, I also begin to play basketball in my school and I tried to be better than you, Tomoka, but I failed” said Michiko.

“You mean you begin to play basketball after I left the school” said Tomoka.

“Yeah. I tried to be stronger than you when you left us and I tried to help my team to advance in the prefectural tournament, but I failed” said Michiko.

“Does that mean that you are trying to compete with me?” said Tomoka.

“Yes, I wanted to, but I realized that you are a strong player when you’re in Keishin” said Michiko.

“Michiko, I should have to say I’m sorry because I wanted to show my techniques to support my former school’s basketball team, but then I realized that the team falls apart because I was with Subaru, my friend in our town” said Tomoka.

“Oh, I see. So, you’re with Subaru. Is that true that you have training with him rather than you join the training in my former school?” said Michiko.

“Yes. But I also joined the training in my former school when Subaru is busy. So, are you okay with me, Michiko?” said Tomoka.

“What did you say, Tomoka?” said Michiko.

“Are we okay to be friends, Michiko?” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, I will, Tomoka” said Michiko as Michiko, Tomoka and Jun were reconciled together and Tomoka cried tears of joy to see her childhood friend again.

“So, are we good, Michiko, from the very beginning?” said Tomoka.

“Yes, Tomoka” said Michiko.

“That’s a spirit! You’re now friends with her again. I will be glad that Michiko will ever join the Bravehearts soon” said Jun.

“Say, Michiko, will you join our group: the Bravehearts?” said Tomoka.

“Okay, Tomoka, I’ll join your group, but you have to promise me to stick together with your friends” said Michiko.

“Okay, I promise. After all, I will be your back anyway” said Tomoka as Michiko Takeda became the third member to join the Bravehearts as Tomoka’s friend. Everybody is happy to see Tomoka and Michiko reunited again. Then, they walked together as they are about to leave the Nashiba High School. “So, Michiko, what did you see in Kirihara?”

“You know it was an awesome place to see the classrooms and the corridors” said Michiko.

“I like this environment and the classroom looks better than the two former schools. Probably, I will be classmates with my friends. Michiko, this is Maho Misawa, Saki Nagatsuka, Airi Kashii and Hinata Hakamada” said Tomoka.

“Hello” said Saki and Maho.

“Hi” said Airi and Hinata.

“Hi. Nice to meet you, girls” said Michiko.

“Nice to meet you too, Michiko” said Saki, Maho, Airi and Hinata.

“Wow! My friends are also recognizing you. They liked you, Michiko” said Tomoka.

“Thank you, Tomoka” said Michiko.

“Now, you said you have other friends in your former school. Of course, maybe I recognize them a little. So, who are other friends in your former school, Michiko?” said Tomoka.

“The names are Ayane Shirakawa, Haruko Kōyama, Kozue Hanabusa and Aika Sagawa. There are four of them and I believe that they also enrolling at Kirihara like me” said Michiko.

“So, your friends are also enrolling at Kirihara Middle School. It looks like they are trying to follow you as well after you and your friends are graduated” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, I mean they were having hobbies they usually enjoyed aside from talking about basketball. I mean that would be awesome if you meet them” said Michiko.

“Yeah, I hope so. So, since you’re enrolled at Kirihara, I feel that everyone in Kirihara have hearts to give them lucks and they have been more ambitions as we are” said Tomoka.

“Well, that make sense” said Michiko.

“I totally almost forgot that my gift to you will be here eventually” said Tomoka.

“Okay, can you help me where are my friends going?” said Michiko.

“Well, I will and my friends will help you as well” said Tomoka as Nami, Kotoe and Jun are smiled on Michiko.

“Oh, thank you so much, Tomoka. I knew you would help me like the old days” said Michiko.

“Yeah, like the old days, Michiko. Hey, who are those people out there?” said Tomoka as the team saw the members of the Occult Research Club at the hallway. Tomoka gives the invitation to Akeno. “Well, you looked got today, but I believe that we were about to leave the school because we wanted to go shopping and find Michiko’s friends.”

“Oh, I see. So, you’re the members of the Bravehearts?” said Rias.

“Yes, we are” said Tomoka. “Who are you?”

“Well, I’m glad that you ask. My name is Rias Gremory and I’m the leader of the the Gremory Team”

“Hey, I know you. You’re the famous Crimson-Haired Ruin Princess” said Subaru.

“Why, thank you, boy. I know you are one of your friends, right?” said Rias.

“Why, yes, it is, Rias” said Subaru.

“Okay. Let me introduce to you our club members of the team” said Rias.

“I’m Issei Hyodo. I’m the pawn of this team and an incoming third-year student from Kuoh Academy”

“I’m Asia Argento. I’m the bishop of this team and your President of the Occult Research Club”

“I’m Akeno Himejina. I’m the queen of this team”

“I’m Koneko Toujou. I’m the rook of this team and a young second-year student from Kuoh Academy”

“I’m Yuto Kiba. I’m the bishop of this team, Vice President of the Occult Research Club and an incoming third-year student from Kuoh Academy”

“I’m Xenovia Quarta. I’m the knight of this team, your President of the Kuoh Academy Student Council and also an incoming third-year student like Issei and Yuto”

“I’m Irina Shido. I’m the knight of this team, Ace angel of the Heaven and a third-year student from Kuoh Academy”

“I’m Gasper Bloody. I’m the bishop of this team and a second-year student from Kuoh Academy”

“I’m Rossweisse. I’m the rook of this team and a teacher from Kuoh Academy”

“And I’m Ravel Phoenix. I’m the bishop of this team, sister of Riser Phoenix and a second-year student from Kuoh Academy”

“We know that our group is originally form as the first Occult Research Club, but now, the other members are going to join the club soon while the Gremory Team is set to go on a new journey” said Rias.

“Now, that’s a great introduction to us, Rias and the team. Your members are good in the combat battle game known as Rating Games” said Mihoshi.

“Oh, yes, you are good in researching us and it looks like we coming from the good dark side faction where devils, angels and fallen angels unite themselves, but classified to a liberal world that changes the world” said Rias.

“So, Rias. It looks like your team is awesome. I think we are on a good world that dark sides look popular when it comes to mythology. By the way, we, the Bravehearts, also have our journey in Kirihara Middle School. Well, I’m very confident that we are the students with wisdom and gentleness” said Tomoka.

“So, what’s you bring here in Nashiba?” said Michiko.

“Well, I was going to talk to you and the team where we have plans to do internships, in which we trained students who are capable of doing anything in the dark side like nighttime mission” said Rias.

“As you can see, there is no evil in this world, but most of the times, we fight against the bad dark side factions as they tried to invade and overthrow us for good” said Yuto.

“Every member of the Gremory Team has many powers to defeat the invaders and rogue brigadiers during war time. We secure everything in our town known as Kuoh Town. As you all know, our town is away from your town and because of that, we wanted to invite you to come at our school, Kuoh Academy” said Akeno.

“There are many students who have their specialties in using abilities and have been participating at the Rating Games competitions” said Issei.

“On the other hand, we decided to research some of the information beyond our town where some of the dark side specialists are using abilities. So, we decided to go there to see you” said Asia.

“I will be glad to help you, Asia. As I’m the human resources manager, I usually find some students to join our organization. I’ll make sure that our partnership will be made to find some dark side specialists” said Saki.

“Well, our plan is to know anything about the occult nocturnal specialists especially the devils, angels and fallen angels” said Xenovia.

“Actually, we know about the secrets of the occult nocturnal specialists and the system of using the occult nocturnal specialists in their own system” said Irina.

“Okay. We want to list down the organizations in our district as well as in Kuoh. That’s why I can really use your help” said Xenovia.

“Alright, Xenovia. I will help you, but as long as that if we’re busy in our team, we can send representatives instead” said Subaru.

“Oh, thank you, Subaru. Thanks for accepting our help” said Xenovia.

“Alright, team. The Gremory Team is temporarily joining the Bravehearts for a while. So, next stop: Kuoh Academy” said Subaru.

“Then, let’s go, Bravehearts!” said Tomoka as the Bravehearts and the Gremory Team are going to the bus to move on to their next destination: Kuoh Academy, which will be two miles from Nashiba High School.

UP NEXT: Chapter 10: "The Gremory Team"
 
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こんにちは。 (konnichi wa: meaning of hello when it's daytime in Japanese)

I'm back for the first time since my last post on August 5! I tried to know that it's been a long time to post another chapter in Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts. I'm been away from two months since I've been busy on my work and I don't think it's going to be the end of this series. So, I will bring back this series once again, but I will be continuing to post new chapters for Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts starting Wednesday. I apologized for not being posted for so long and I hope that I will finish Volume 1 on October 13. For today, I will post the Special Chapter 1 and a teaser to the last two chapters. Also, I will finally update the the entire Volume 1 once I will finish the final touch for grammar corrections. By the way, since Tenshi no 3P! anime series was ended a week ago (September 25), I begin plans on writing some ideas for future chapters including the Hasegawa Cup. So stay tuned for another news in the future.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy reading!

ありがとうございます。

The Special Chapter is all about the plans for a unified team composed of Subaru Hasegawa and his friends including the members of Keishin Academy Basketball Club. During the last day of school for Subaru and his friends, he met Ryuuichi Suga and said that he will create his own team to challenge them in the future and since Nashiba High School Basketball Club is back in the game, Subaru will seek redemption to his middle school rival once they'll face each other again in Interhigh. Keishin, Kirihara and Nashiba are located at Nishina, Ōta, Tokyo, Japan and it seems that they wanted to work together to win competitions some day. Some of the names mentioned by Subaru and his friends will be potential members to take part of his "Dream Team" roster.

VOLUME 1: “A BLESSING START”
SPECIAL CHAPTER 1: “SUBARU’S DREAM TEAM”

This special chapter is set on the fourth day of the vacation of Subaru and his friends. After Mimi set the new lineups to be used for their match against the newly recruits, Subaru, Tomoka, Maho, Jun and Mimi were in Maho’s room as Subaru was thinking about how Nashiba form a team of former captains and good players, so that they are going to beat Itoda Business School.

“Subaru, what is your basketball team looked like after it was reinstated?” asked Tomoka.

“Tomoka, I’ll explain this. Our school’s administration had lifted the suspension of the activities of our basketball team and our friends were glad that we’re ready to build our new team with our newly improved skills and abilities” said Subaru.

“So, when did you gather up with them?” asked Tomoka.

“During your graduation, Tomoka. It is where Kazunari, Banri, Aoi, Satsuki, Tae and I were meeting with Ryu as the park where Ryu thinks that our team is composed of weak players, but I said that we’re forming a different team that has improved talents and better skills” said Subaru.

“Subaru, I have to say, that you have improved your skills and abilities and might be able to work together with them when you’re on that team. I planned to enroll at your former school because my parents said that it was a middle school that has their basketball program. I’ll prove that I’ll try to keep playing basketball as long as I can” said Tomoka.

“I also wanted to follow Tomoka to enroll at Kirihara because Saki, Airi, Hinata and I were looking forward to move on to new heights, especially Tomoka and I will be together again. Right, Tomoka?” said Maho.

“Yes, Maho. I believed that you helped me playing basketball and as long as we’re partners, we’ll play together” said Tomoka.

“I believed that you two are partners once you’re in Kirihara. For me, I’ll be joining Kirhara next year with my teammates too” said Mimi.

“No way. What did you have plans in your future?” asked Maho.

“We worked together as fifth graders and as we’re going to become sixth graders, it’s a new beginning to see how we will play our own moves by grooving the team” said Mimi.

“So, is Kirihara will your new school next year?” asked Tomoka.

“Yes, Tomoka. I have my teammates Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami and Kagetsu to play together with you and since we build our friendship to make sure that we’re hoping to succeed our objectives in our school. Sometimes, I have joined to your team when you are chatting with them” said Mimi.

“We usually chat with our friends to talk about the activities to tackle and I believed that we were excited to prepare for the activities. Since I found you to be more confident, we will be working together as teammates” said Maho.

“I brought this team as a group of girls with good abilities before I let you join to our team in preparing for the prefectural tournament. Now, when we’re in Kirihara, you’re still in Keishin, but there’s a time that we will reunite again in our new school” said Tomoka.

“I have a good enthusiasm and it sure that we’ll be working together again when we have time to practice” said Mimi.

“Wow, good for you. As long as you can make it to the top, it’s on to you to achieve that feat” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, we should be expected to see how you play without us, but to start anything from the scratch like us” said Maho.

“Developing your talents is the key to a perfect team. Now that you have newly recruits and your plans in the future, it means that you’re ready to be the captain, Mimi” said Jun.

“Of course, Jun. Tomoka is the first captain of the first formation of Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team and I wanted to be like her” said Mimi.

“So, I believed that you have to be more communicate to your teammates and make sure that you have organized schedules for drill practices and trainings” said Tomoka.

“Also, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami and Kagetsu will be helping you to improve the team’s strategy. It would be best if we can combine our strategy and your strategy into one big strategy” said Maho.

“That was a great idea, Maho. I really expected to see how we will make this strategy better. I usually come up on a strategy to use in order to beat our opponents” said Mimi.

“I’m sure you are ready to do improve everything that your team needs and I believed in you of your enthusiasm and undefiant personality. I assumed that you can work with me to build for better opportunities” said Tomoka.

“As we are heading to middle school, you are the one to prepare for the team to gather up and talk about what they have to do when there’ll be a practice in one day” said Maho.

“I wanted to expect that your team is building ideas and gaining opportunities when the new season starts” said Jun.

“I will be happy to, Tomoka, Maho and Jun. Right now, Subaru, Tomoka and I were planning to build a dream team in Nishina Town where everyone is expected to see how the young men and women playing basketball with our own skills” said Mimi.

“Subaru has known to play basketball with his friends from Kirihara until he finally becomes a student in Nashiba High School. Majority of the students from Kirihara Middle School went to Nashiba High School because they have their relationship between the two schools” said Tomoka.

“Right now, as we formed the Nashiba High School Basketball Team, we wanted to form a dream team of players from Keishin, Kirihara and Nashiba by looking at our talents and skills” said Subaru.

“Subaru will be leading the boys’ team while Aoi will be leading the girls’ team” said Maho.

“As of now, we are confident to form a team with team captains and good players from the schools in Nishina and its neighbors” said Tomoka.

“I have planned this because it will be a team that would be looked like the Bravehearts, but with strong willpower and good enthusiasm” said Subaru.

“We wanted to work together as one. In Nishina, there are many people with smiles and they developed it as one of the populous towns in Tokyo” said Mimi.

“So, how will you find members in your own Dream Team?” asked Jun.

“My friends and I were scouting some students to see how they were good based on the attributes and tendencies” said Subaru.

“Subaru, since you’re the mentor of our team, you know about our skills and abilities, right?” said Tomoka.

“Yes, Tomoka. I did that when we’re in Keishin” said Subaru.

“So, did you know the names of the players in Nashiba?” asked Maho.

“Yes. The names are Kazunari Uehara and Banri Kashii” said Subaru.

“Banri is from Hashima Middle School and the captain of his school’s basketball team” said Tomoka.

“Oh, you’re correct, Tomoka” said Subaru.

“Airi said that she will enroll at Kirihara over her brother’s former school Hashima because she loves to be with Hinata, Saki and us” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, Tomoka. She likes to be more patient than being extremely shy. I wonder what she was dreaming with” said Maho.

“I think she wants to be with Subaru because she was confident and respectful to him while asking for help” said Tomoka.

“Well, Airi is friendly to her friends at the sports gym as well as in Keishin like you, Tomoka, Maho and Mimi” said Subaru.

“Yeah” said Tomoka, Maho and Mimi.

Airi and Natsuhi arrive as Airi opens the door. “Tomoka, Maho. I’m sorry to interrupt your conversation, but I see what you’re planning in the future” said Airi.

“Airi, Subaru has planned to create a Dream Team in Nishina and we’re trying to help him to see who will be taking part of the team” said Maho.

“I’m sure I will help you for that” said Airi.

“So, Natsuhi, did you call your teammates to meet up with them soon?” asked Maho.

“Yes, Maho. They said that by next week, they’ll visit us while your friends are hoping to join with them” said Natsuhi.

“With that, I should be more excited to see how they will work with us” said Maho.

“It will be needed for boys to help with us, so that Natsuhi will be assigned as operation manager of our group” said Tomoka.

“My teammates will be in Kirihara by April and as long as we will end the slump of the basketball team, we will be ready to win games with good teamwork” said Natsuhi.

“Okay, Natsuhi. It looks like your teammates will come as well, then on the other hand, Subaru will be discussing about whom are the boys will be joining the team” said Mimi.

“There’s a guy named Takumi Ōhata, who is one of the team captains to battle against Suga and he was able to reflect the defense of Suga by imitating his moves” said Subaru.

“He’s sure to be an all-around defender when he competed in the prefectural games” said Tomoka.

“He’s currently a second year student like me and he was able to join our team since he is a team captain from a certain school name Kamata Middle School” said Subaru.

“My brother said that his teammate Naomori Abe is also entering Nashiba and he was able to compete with him during the intramural competition” said Airi.

“That’s nice. I believe that they test to see how they do their skills and abilities when they face each other in certain plays” said Maho.

“I agree, Maho. It seems that when they play together as varsity members, they developed their friendship between the two, but when it comes to facing each other, they test each other to see who is better” said Jun.

“I also recognized Ryōta Sugihara, who is a friend of mine in Nashina and he is a great back-up center in Shizuka Middle School” said Subaru.

“That makes the boys’ team to have six members. Anyway, is Shin Mizusaki joining your team?” said Tomoka.

“I don’t know, but he’s going to be a first year college student and I heard that he will be playing in a large school once he’s entering college” said Subaru.

“I was thinking if we will join your team, Subaru” said Natsuhi.

“Of course, I think you are doing well in improving your play after winter where your team looked good in the intramural competition” said Subaru.

“I cheered for you, Natsuhi. It wasn’t you who make the game winning shot our section’s boys’ team, but you’re a lucky shooter” said Maho.

“Well, I might say that I did flashy passes and tear drops in that game and Nagamasa Miwa was so fast like Hinata, but I was able to overcome him” said Natsuhi.

“Our finals game against 6-B is better than your game against your teammates’ team, Natsuhi” said Tomoka.

“Well, I guess that your game is better than mine, but it would have been better if my battle with Nagamasa proved better” said Natsuhi.

“I don’t think that your encounter with Nagamasa proved to be good and of course, many boys spend to play basketball at the same time, it only happens when it’s lunch time” said Mimi.

“Looks like you know my schedule, Mimi” said Natsuhi.

“Yes, Natsuhi. I peek at the schedule of you, Tomoka and her friends while I have lunch with my classmate Kagetsu” said Mimi.

“Okay, so if you peek our schedule, who cares if you observe our class outside” said Natsuhi.

“I observed you and the boys on what are they doing and I’m looking forward to date one of your teammates” said Mimi.

“No, you can’t, Mimi. You can’t date one of my teammates” said Natsuhi.

“Then, I guess I’ll find someone else who’s good to play basketball and I’ll be impressed if he does” said Mimi.

“Okay, good luck with that, Mimi” said Tomoka.

“I hope you find someone who is more expressive and more politeness in your class” said Airi.

“I guess so, Airi. There are no fifth graders in the boys’ basketball team at the time and when they’re all graduated, I let some boys to train hard while Kagetsu observes them” said Mimi.

“So, did you make this useful while the newly recruits trained the same?” asked Tomoka.

“Yes, the newly recruits have scheduled their trainings every Tuesday and Thursday while the boys trained every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Sometimes, I let them invite when it reaches Saturday” said Mimi.

“That’s different than the schedule that Subaru gives us when we’re joining as players for Keishin” said Airi.

“My father and Subaru’s father were friends to each other and I decided to transfer to Keishin upon the recommendation of my father because it has a good basketball team. So, I decided to train hard as many as I can” said Mimi.

“It seems that you are idolizing Subaru’s father and that’s why you made schedules for trainings with the new players. I like your duties when we’re gone from the team because we graduated and decided to enroll at Kirihara” said Tomoka.

“Yep. I thought that Subaru is good in coaching, but I decided to do on my own when the sixth graders are training elsewhere” said Mimi.

“Tomoka, Mimi. Since my father is a good basketball player and I decided to follow his footsteps, I made these better including observing the players. It was so hard that when I became a good starter in Keishin before I fought hard against Ryu Suga in middle school. Playing in Kirihara was not bad for me, but I didn’t motivate anything after Ryu had being better than me” said Subaru.

“I believe that I did the same thing, Subaru. When my former team kept winning games, my friends isolated me and my father thinks that my obsession of playing basketball is causing many problems in my studies. I improved my studies when I was in Keishin, thanks to you. I finally become more focused on playing basketball while working on my assignments and activities with my new friends” said Tomoka.

“You are doing well like we did and it seems that once you overcome the problems, you made the right solution to those. When we’re competing at the intramural competition when I was a fifth grader, we were struggled, but we were able to win the tournament by beating the opponents with good efforts” said Maho.

“I got pressured when I entered in Keishin in my fifth grade and since there’s no girls’ basketball team yet, I decided to train with Hinata and Kagetsu because it helps me to block shots and shoot field goals” said Airi.

“When I left Hawaii for Japan, I missed anything I learned in Hawaii because my father finds this place hard to work here and when Subaru’s father gives the solution to my father, I become more confident to play in Japan. When I grow up at high school, I will apply for naturalization citizenship” said Mimi.

“I hoped that we will be able to overcome the problems for sure. Now, then, I also found more players in my lists of basketball rosters when I was in middle school” said Subaru.

“You have that, right, Subaru?” asked Natsuhi.

“Yes, I was. Then I’ll show you who are the best captains and good players in this prefecture” said Subaru.

“Since your team has seven players, you need five more players to complete the roster” said Airi.

“I think you are interesting to have our batchmates in your team, Subaru. It seems that I could help you for finding those” said Natsuhi.

“Well, I guess I will pick only three players from my list and two from your class, Natsuhi” said Subaru.

“Okay” said Natsuhi.

Part 2 will be on the next post.
 
A teaser to the last two chapters:

“This is the organization room where members of the Occult Research Club and students of the Kuoh Academy are allowed to stay here” said Issei.

“I’m glad that you’re here in this room and you’ll have time to enjoy here for a while. As long as Asia and Yuto will start their internship next month, we will still operate the club without hesitations” said Rias.

“Yeah, it seems that we re-organized the club ever since Rias and Akeno will leave the club by the end of the month” said Asia.

“Right now, our young comrades will be holding training for the young students of Kuoh Academy to know about Rating Games while Issei, Asia, Irina, Xenovia and I will be doing our duties in the club” said Yuto.

“Well, good for you, Yuto” said Nami.

“You and Asia are hopefully looking forward to train hard outside the academy and the others will develop in using the abilities for Rating Games matches” said Kotoe.

“Thank you, Kotoe. It’s been a long time to train outside Kuoh, but actually without Rias and Akeno, we would be overwhelmed” said Yuto.

“As you can see, some occult nocturnal specialists have abilities to use while having some duties in their own way. We know that in Kuoh, there are some reports of stray devils and we blast them away” said Rias.

“Now, what are occult nocturnal specialists?” asked Tomoka.

“Occult nocturnal specialists are mostly gang members, exorcists, thieves, devils and night viewers” said Issei.

“In case of those specialists have used abilities to beat those enemies, maybe they are working in your system, right?” said Saki.

“Of course, Saki. Every occult nocturnal specialist has to do their duties and also they participated at Rating Games matches. There are limitations in our traditional system where it is available to occult nocturnal specialists only while other typing specialists have their own way to use their own system” said Yuto.

“Today, we identified one of the specialists and its occupation is a Rating Games specialist. The name of this specialist is Tokuo Tsuda” said Xenovia.

“Tsuda is an expert on using light powers and he creates barriers to protect himself from his enemies” said Irina.

“Usually, my friends say that Tsuda is a stern guy who has been competing in Rating Games competitions with his Evil Pieces” said Koneko.

“That’s interesting. I decided to tell you that most of the occult nocturnal specialists are capable of using strong abilities with the use of Sacred Gear” said Airi.

“To analyze this, most of us have learned to use abilities by using the Sacred Gear and it seems that we can upgrade our abilities by mastering the highest level of the ability” said Ravel.

“Since no one made this before, Rias and I will try our best to master the highest level of our abilities” said Akeno.

“Then, do your best in mastering the highest level of abilities” said Tomoka.

“We’ll try” said Akeno and Rias.

“On the other hand, searching for occult nocturnal specialists would be accomplished in no time. So, may I ask you a favor, Subaru?” said Asia.

“Yes, what is it?” asked Subaru.

“Can we decided to join your group for a while to make sure that we will be able to search more occult nocturnal specialists?” said Asia.

“Okay, Asia, but our batchmates will be assisting you while Saki and I were searching for members to join our group” said Subaru.

“Okay, so even you will let your schoolmates to assist us, can we identify them soon?” said Asia.

“Yes, they will, right, guys?” said Subaru.

“Yes, we’ll do it” said Aoi, Kazunari, Tae and Satsuki.

“Oh, thank you, Subaru. We’ll try our best to find some specialists to join our club” said Asia.

“Okay” said Subaru.

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At Michiko’s birthday party at the beach, Michiko and her friends have enjoyed eating their birthday cakes. Then, Tomoka and the Bravehearts were glad that Michiko has been friendly with her friends since Tomoka’s team found Michiko’s friends at the Suzuran shopping district.

“I remembered Michiko when she invited me to come at her tenth birthday and then I enjoyed at the party. It seems that Michiko become humbler than her previous personality” said Tomoka.

“I believed that she wanted to stop her problems with you in the first place because she admitted that obsession in playing basketball would have been a situation to say the least” said Saki.

“Especially, when Michiko wants to be a better basketball player like you, she is looking to improve her skills while playing with you” said Maho.

“I fully respect on you, Tomoka. I hope you continue your friendship with her once we enter at Kirihara” said Airi.

“Oh, Tomoka has to be less pressured with Michiko while having trainings with us” said Hinata.

“It wishes me about how she was being friendly to me and I’m sure that we will be ready to improve soon” said Tomoka.

“I supposed that we have to find other friends, Tomoka, but we still have time for that tomorrow” said Maho.

“We will, Maho. So, what are your wishes on Michiko?” said Saki.

“I wished that she will have more experienced in basketball as well as she will be committed to be with us” said Tomoka.

“I love your wish, Tomoka. It was so admiring to have your childhood friend with you again” said Airi.

“Oh, I respected Michiko as well as she is glad to join with us in trainings” said Hinata.

“Well, I have to say that she will be more special when it comes to be a passionate friend of mine” said Tomoka.

“She will be fine and if she can help us, she deserves us to be more generous” said Saki.

“Yep. I will be glad that we should start working with the activities, Tomoka” said Maho.

“Looks like you are forming a team of friends with Michiko and Mimi” said Airi.

“Oh, a big formation of a team will be built for Tomoka and her team” said Hinata.

“It sure will and I have to be honest, there is one thing I wanted to do” said Tomoka.

“And what’s that?” asked Saki.

“I will be having more time to train with Michiko and my friends of mine” said Tomoka.

“Wow! I’m sure you will know them first before we begin the training” said Maho.

“Yes, that would be our daily activities for our team soon” said Tomoka.

“That’s interesting to me, Tomoka. I’ll join you” said Airi.

“I would love to join the training with them too” said Hinata.

“Okay, then let’s work together!” said Tomoka.

“Yeah!” said Saki, Maho, Airi and Hinata. Tomoka and her friends are going to help Michiko and others in preparing to be part of the Kirihara Middle School girls’ basketball club. Michiko sees Tomoka and her friends have their plans to prepare for training and smiled with her friend’s idea would be great.

“I feel happy for our friendship, Tomoka. Let’s work together as a team” said Michiko.

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At hall of the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel, the members of the Bravehearts except for students of Nashiba are also holding a meeting. Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata were standing while others are sitting to listen what they have to say about the next meeting.

“Right now, we have two weeks to go before we will go back to school. As you all know, Subaru has assigned every one of us to different rooms to stay there starting tomorrow” said Tomoka.

“Also, since the first formation of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team will be using my room to sleep together, other members will be assigned to sleep to other rooms” said Maho.

“For the assigned rooms for other members of our group, the newly recruits will sleep beside our room” said Saki.

“For Tomoka’s friends, they will sleep on the other side of the room beside our room” said Airi.

“And for the other rooms, those will be reserved by other friends and members of the Nashiba High School Basketball Team” said Hinata.

“Your stuff will be put into assigned room you are staying with and let’s make this new arrangement of rooms will be more comfortable than before” said Tomoka.

“For the training, it will be every other day because some of us will have to do daily activities inside and outside the mansion. So, let’s move on to duties” said Saki.

“Each of us will have duties to work on as a team and while everyone has doing their duties, we want to accomplish it day by day” said Maho.

“Before the end of the day, we have to check everyone to see if you’re done doing the duties on time and if you have concerns, ask one of us” said Airi.

“The Bravehearts will make sure that working together is like we did in basketball and our new journey will have new challenges for every one of us” said Hinata.

“For now, every one of us will be divided into groups. I will be representing our group: me, Maho, Saki, Airi, Hinata, Mimi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami, Kagetsu, Natsuhi and Aya” said Tomoka.

“We call ourselves Team Minato” said all the members of that team.

“On the other hand, the team of Himeko will be called as Team Katayama” said Saki.

“Michiko and her team will be known as Team Takeda” said Maho.

“Each team will assign two members from Nashiba and they’ll be assigning our assignments and duties while you’re in the team” said Airi.

“Since we have more time to find new members of our group, we will finalize this when we have new members by the end of the week” said Hinata.

“In addition, Aya will not be part of the Bravehearts until she will finish her duties as a member of Suzuridani Academy Basketball Team” said Airi.

“I will have time to decide whether to join the group, but still I will visit at your house once I finished the last class in my section or done training with my team” said Aya.

“I’m sure you’ll be with us soon” said Hinata.

“Okay” said Aya.

“Hiroshi will be creating her own team once my friends are joining the team as well as Natsuhi” said Maho.

“I will call out the boys to join our team to work together while we’re in Kirihara” said Natsuhi.

“Okay, Natsuhi. I hope you will complete filling out the team” said Saki.

“I will” said Natsuhi.

“All groups will be staying to their respective rooms to use these as the meeting place to talk about anything what we discussed or do their hobbies with your team members” said Tomoka.

“The more you cooperate them, the efforts in your team improves” said Maho.

“Today, there will be free time to enjoy at the resort hotel, which means that each team will have to assign one area where you will have to enjoy playing recreational games or swimming” said Saki.

“Make sure that one of the members of your team will assign to assist the team leader. It’s important to help your leader to organize your plans in the future activities” said Airi.

“Now that we only form three teams, our team will find more friends tomorrow to add more teams for team activities” said Hinata.

“That’s all for now. Since it’s already 1:00 after we ate together with Subaru and his friends and Jun’s Angels have left us to continue their practice at their home, let’s go to the resort hotel” said Tomoka.

“Okay!” said the other members of the Bravehearts as they left the mansion for the main entrance of the main resort hotel where the three groups are ready for free activities to enjoy the day.

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"Subaru's Dream Team" Part 2

“Now, on this list, I found out that a first year student in Nashiba is formerly my teammate in Kirihara name Seijirō Hakamada” said Subaru.

“Seijirō Hakamada?” asked Maho.

“That’s Hinata and Kagetsu’s cousin, who is a solid power forward in Kirihara Middle School. He is part of the All-Tournament First Team for improving his team to the quarterfinals in the recent tournament” said Tomoka.

“Hinata said that her cousins were good in their hobbies and Kagetsu said that he is the sixth man when he’s a second year student while Subaru’s a third year student in Kirihara” said Airi.

“That’s interesting. I guess that Hinata and Kagetsu have found another member of her family to play basketball. It seems that they play together with him as part of the daily activities they did at home” said Mimi.

“Well, Subaru, I was shocked that your teammates have been joining Nashiba. You see, they were working as bravehearts and your childhood friend Aoi and her friends have worked too. That means that you are hanging out with them all the time” said Jun.

“That’s true, Jun. When weekends, we decided to hang out with them in order to play basketball and they decided to do drill practices and team building, so that they will improve themselves to play when we’re competing against strong teams” said Subaru.

“Is Kazunari Uehara come from Kirihara too?” asked Natsuhi.

“Yes, Natsuhi. He is the one who had been on my back as the Kirihara Duo. Every game, we play together as a duo and develop our friendship together” said Subaru.

“Subaru, while you’re in Kirihara, you invited me to see your teammates back then when I was alone” said Tomoka.

“Oh, I did this when you watched my game in the tournament. When did you transfer to Keishin?” said Subaru.

“I transferred to Keishin during the summer break and then, I made Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata as new friends to create the basketball team. We won the intramural competition twice in my fifth and sixth grades” said Tomoka.

“So, Tomoka. I accepted your decision of leaving our school and then you are no longer afraid of me after we reunited again” said Jun.

“It was bittersweet when I leave for Keishin, but I learned my lesson when I began to improve myself because Subaru had decided to help me shooting as many as I can” said Tomoka.

“Subaru, about the two remaining players” said Airi.

“Okay, Airi. The other two are the ones who were good in the frontcourt. During summer, I encountered the two of them namely Kōshirō Shirota and Mikuni Okuda and played with them” said Subaru.

“Kōshirō is a center while Mikuni is a shooting guard. I know those as well” said Mimi.

“You did, Mimi?” asked Tomoka.

“Yep. Those players are former rivals of Subaru when Subaru was in Keishin. Subaru was able to beat them in the tournament. Mikuni is a serious player like Natsuhi while Kōshirō is known for Magic Defense” said Mimi.

“What is Magic Defense?” asked Maho.

“Magic Defense is where one player can reflect the opponents’ moves by transferring one player with another player if the two were close to each other, then the screen will work to prevent the offensive player to move” said Mimi.

“Only power forwards and centers can learn Magic Defense, but can only be learned if he/she is good in two categories: acceleration and defense” said Airi.

“Natsuhi, your teammates are good in shooting and defense. It makes sure that your “Lucky Shooter” status is working with your recent performance at the intramural competition” said Tomoka.

“I have luck in our team, but your team have luck too” said Natsuhi.

“Who are your two players will join Subaru’s Dream Team aside from you?” asked Maho.

“They are Daisuke Kikuchi and Akitsugu Wakui. Those two were usually hanging up with me and we’re alike to each other. On the other hand, Yoshinori Toshima and Tsutomu Fukada are very good players of mine that were good in defense” said Natsuhi.

“I believe that the boys’ team is complete. So, Tomoka, do you have ideas for the girls’ team?” said Airi.

“Yes, I have, Airi. Since you, Maho, Saki, Hinata and I will be joining with Aoi, Sono and Shouji, we need four more players to complete the team” said Tomoka.

“I’ll be joining your team, Tomoka. Since I am the captain of Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team starting next month, I’ll be able to work with you like we did in Keishin” said Mimi.

“Okay, Mimi. I will find three more players to fill out the roster of our team” said Tomoka.

“Aya said to me that she’ll be interested to join our team because she will be the team captain for Suzuridani Academy next month” said Airi.

“Okay, I’ll add her to the list” said Tomoka.

“Wow! Since Mimi and Aya are known to be team captains for the next school year, I will be able to watch the two facing each other soon” said Maho.

“We’ll see about that if we’ll be able to meet with Suzuridani again” said Mimi.

“Subaru, on our batch, I recognized Nami and Kotoe, who were known to play basketball” said Natsuhi.

“My friend Hiroshi has joined us alongside Megumi Kadokawa, Ai Ohara and Kira Kakimoto when we’re preparing for the intramurals last winter” said Maho.

“Aoi told me that during her time in Kirihara, she befriends Misaki Natsukawa, a point guard and formerly team captain of her former school. Misaki is currently section 1-1 in Nashiba and she is one of the most cheerful students in the whole batch” said Airi.

“I think Aoi has many friends as well and she is able to communicate with them at some time. Also, Sono and Shouji have been playing with Aoi long time ago. They are trying to cheer her up when she has concerns on any occasion with Subaru” said Tomoka.

“Aoi and I were helping each other to learn the skills and abilities, in playing basketball. My special ability is Phantom Floater and Aoi’s special ability is Bloom Floater. Our abilities were able to use the floater with high acceleration” said Subaru.

“Hey, Subaru. That ability is the same as Shiny Gift” said Tomoka.

“Oh, you’re right, Tomoka” said Subaru.

“It looks like your floaters are more interesting than other techniques that we used” said Maho.

“There are many techniques that they used and they were able to master it with their own motivation” said Subaru.

“I hope you are able to develop your special ability when you’re in the game” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, I will do that, Tomoka” said Subaru.

“So, what are other friends looked like, Tomoka?” asked Jun.

“Okay, since you asked, I have friends from section 6-B as well as in my section, 6-C. Since there are six sections, I was able to befriend friends in 6-B and 6-C. My other teammates have friends on other sections: Maho and 6-D, Saki and 6-A and 6-D, Airi and 6-F and Hinata and 6-C and 6-E” said Tomoka.

“While Nozomi, Sora and I were clubmates in our Music Club, we’re not classmates to each of us” said Jun.

“Jun, did you have friends in your section?” asked Tomoka.

“Yes, Tomoka. I have friends of mine who were still friends with you even though that you leave our school for Keishin” said Jun.

“So, do you know them?” asked Tomoka.

“Yes. Their names are Hitomi Takao, Masami Nojima, Kyōji Nozumi and Masanobu Uehara” said Jun.

“That’s nice. So, it seems that they like your songs and I wondered what they are up to” said Tomoka.

“They are enrolling for Shikadai like me and they have separate vacations for spring break” said Jun.

“I hope I would meet one of them” said Tomoka.

“It will be fine to see them if I have encounter more of them. Kyō said that he has many friends as well and sometimes he bragged him to take part of the music club” said Jun.

“As long as he likes your song, he was able to sing with you as well” said Tomoka.

“Yeah, Kyō and I were walking together with my bandmates Nozomi and Sora. Nozomi and Sora asked me if Kyō is a singer and I said to them that he is a song composer, but somehow being a singer as well” said Jun.

“You seem to be more interested on him” said Tomoka.

“I guess so. His sister Kurumi was different than us, but she wanted to make sure that Kyō has able to study. Rather than his boredom, he was able to do his own hobbies while studying in high school” said Jun.

“Good for him, but he should be able to sing together at the audience soon” said Tomoka.

“We will probably sing together soon” said Jun. “Also, I was hoping to enjoy the Vernal Week with you and your friends.”

“Yeah, it was expected to see many trees and flowers blooming. We should be able to look at those by Monday” said Tomoka.

“I’m waiting to see the flowers bloom in Nishina” said Maho.

“I almost forgot that tomorrow we will go to the park to see the view” said Airi.

“Yeah, I would be expected to see how the season changes when it reaches spring” said Mimi.

“There are many cherry blossom trees in north Nishina, but it sure that they’ll bloom out” said Subaru.

“I believed that we will ever see a cold view for the last time before trees and flowers grow again” said Natsuhi.

“It seems that we should be ready to visit the park tomorrow after the game” said Jun.

“Yeah, Jun. It will make us refresh from our memories” said Tomoka.

“Uh, I was thinking if you have plans for your friends in Keishin” said Subaru.

“Well, to be honest, I invited them to the mansion by Monday, so that they decided to work together as a team of my friends” said Tomoka.

“So, since you know Nami and Kotoe, they will come as soon as possible. For others, I think you should call them if you want” said Maho.

“Yeah, it will be a gathering of my friends based on relations outside Keishin or close friends in Keishin” said Tomoka.

“Oh, that’s a great idea, Tomoka. Are you planning to do that by Monday?” said Airi.

“I will, Airi” said Tomoka.

“Are you planning for our friends to come at the mansion too?” asked Maho.

“Yes, Maho. It seems that we should be forming new groups to assign their duties when we’re expanding the group” said Tomoka.

“It would be a better idea to join the boys too” said Natsuhi.

“Of course, Natsuhi. We have to be fair with the counting because the roster should be composed of at least 12 members of our team” said Subaru.

“On the other hand, Saki is good in communicating with our classmates” said Maho.

“Well, I should give her a role as the human resources manager to find some friends to join us” said Subaru.

“When a new journey begins, we should start all over again. Let’s make sure that everyone is happy to be with us” said Mimi.

“You’re right, Mimi. It’s like an organization, but we will add some roles to each of us” said Tomoka.

“Well, I wanted to operate for fitness and health” said Airi.

“Subaru, you should create a sports club for us because you’re the one who manages everything” said Tomoka.

“Oh, that’s a great idea” said Subaru.

“Yay! We should be ready to start our daily activities soon” said Maho.

“I hope that this organization will be our legacy since Tomoka formed the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team” said Mimi.

“Subaru, aside from making this organization, I wanted to be always with you as long as we’re working together” said Tomoka.

“I’ll take care of the training schedules” said Airi.

“It seems that I will be working with Maho and her friends in Kirihara and in the mansion” said Natsuhi.

“I like your expectations about what are you gonna do outside school. It looks like your future is in your hands, Subaru” said Jun.

“Yeah, Jun. I hope that the Angels will be working together as well” said Subaru.

“You know, it was a great day that I visited this mansion as a friend of a dearest” said Jun.

“Jun, will you work with us sometime after school or church?” asked Tomoka.

“Okay, I will be joining your team with my bandmates. We’ll become partners” said Jun.

“That’s the spirit! Our group will grow together until we achieve as champions” said Tomoka.

“So, once we have expectations to be working with, then we should follow our new principles of our group: cooperation, wisdom and willpower” said Airi.

“Well, there is always a blessing in this organization like in Keishin” said Maho.

“Maho! This is the motto of the Keishin Academy basketball team” said Natsuhi.

“I’m sorry about that, but we should have more luck in our group and I can feel about our future” said Maho.

“Subaru, I realize that we should work on our special abilities soon” said Mimi.

“Okay, Mimi. I was planning to do that because I never master this special ability while coaching the team” said Subaru.

“I want to make sure that when you’re mastering the special ability, you have to keep trying until you finally made it out” said Tomoka.

“Thanks for your advice, Tomoka. I knew that I want to use this in the future and I should be focused on our team and my friends” said Subaru.

“Alright. I’m expected to be ready for tomorrow’s game, Subaru” said Maho.

“I’m feeling good to be ready, Maho” said Airi.

“We can limit down our pressure and let’s make this match that will never forget” said Mimi.

“Soon, it will be the blessing start for us to bring wisdom to our group” said Natsuhi.

“New beginning, new blessing” said Jun.

“Yeah, tomorrow will be a colorful day and we’ll work together” said Tomoka.

“It sure is, Tomoka. I hope thatby the time we’ll start our new activities, we’re going to work together like the way we did in Keishin. Tomorrow, let’s focus on our game against the newly recruits” said Subaru.

“Okay!” said Tomoka, Maho, Airi, Natsuhi, Mimi and Jun. Subaru, Tomoka, Maho, Airi, Natsuhi, Mimi and Jun were finished planning some new activities after they talked about the Dream Team, friends, relations, organization and tomorrow’s game between Mimi’s team and Himeko’s team.

UP NEXT: Chapter 10: "The Gremory Team"
 
こんにちは。 (konnichi wa means hello in daytime)

It's been a long time since the last post on August 5. I finished the draft version of Chapter 10 and 11 and Special Chapter 1 and began drafting new chapters for Volume 2. Of course, I'm back with another chapter for Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts. I'm very busy with work and I was thinking if I will post a new chapter in the series. I thought I will end this series, but this series is back as usual. So, if you're ready to read this chapter, this is where I finished Chapter 10 and then 11. I will be finishing Volume 1 on Friday before I'll begin posting Chapter 12 next week. In Volume 2, I begin brainstorming some ideas including some new characters in the series. Also, I will be including the Hasegawa Cup, a friendly tournament organized by the Bravehearts, in the future volumes. So, stay tuned for that. In the meantime, enjoy reading Chapter 10!

ありがとうございます。

Chapter 10 will be the second part of High School DxD meets Ro-Kyu-Bu! and Tenshi no 3P! When the Occult Research Club appears to meet Subaru Hasegawa and his group of friends, they decided to plan a collaboration with one of Subaru's friends in the future for the internship. After this, they went to the Suzuran Shopping District because it's Michiko Takeda's birthday and Tomoka and her friends must have their gifts for Michiko. As Michiko became more cheerful as ever, Tomoka and Jun think Michiko is no longer shy like they did before when they meet Subaru and Kyō respectively.

VOLUME 1: “A BLESSING START”
SPECIAL CHAPTER 10: “THE GREMORY TEAM”

The bus continues to move as the Bravehearts and the Gremory Team are going to Kuoh to visit the Kuoh Academy, the home of the Occult Research Club. Later, they were arrived at the façade of the Kuoh Academy where they are going to the organization room for the Occult Research Club.

“So, what is your name?” asked Rias.

“Subaru Hasegawa” said Subaru.

“Okay, Subaru, the club will take you a ride to our organization room of the Occult Research Club” said Rias as the Bravehearts and the Gremory Team are entering the building that the latter stays there since its formation of the club.

“Wow! It’s beautiful!” said Tomoka.

“I never seen this before” said Michiko.

“How long will you take to the main room?” asked Saki.

“It’s just located at the third floor where there are paintings inside the corridor before you enter to this room” said Issei.

“So, Akeno, did you have the profile of students who were going to join the club for next year?” asked Hiroshi.

“Not yet, my girl. We will start the recruitment next month, but we’re preparing to assign our members to do internship” said Akeno.

“Okay, so what’s the internship?” said Hiroshi.

“Internships are students who were preferred to work at the working place while benefits your reputation to get a job once you’re graduated from the recent school you enrolled” said Asia.

“By the way, did you have your members do the internship?” asked Mihoshi.

“Only Asia and Yuto were the members to do internship while studying at Kuoh Academy” said Akeno.

“Okay, I get it. However, this only applies for special schools, am I correct?” said Mihoshi.

“Yes, that’s exactly correct. Because some schools allowed internship to higher students to see how they do outside the school and they wanted to work there once they finished their subjects. Also, community colleges are allowed to open internships, but some regular schools won’t” said Xenovia.

“Well, that makes sense” said Mihoshi. The two groups finally arrived at the entrance of the ORC’s organization room. Rias used the key to open the organization room. Then, the two groups sit down at the three couches while Rias and Asia are still standing at the President’s office.

“This is the organization room where members of the Occult Research Club and students of the Kuoh Academy are allowed to stay here” said Issei.

“I’m glad that you’re here in this room and you’ll have time to enjoy here for a while. As long as Asia and Yuto will start their internship next month, we will still operate the club without hesitations” said Rias.

“Yeah, it seems that we re-organized the club ever since Rias and Akeno will leave the club by the end of the month” said Asia.

“Right now, our young comrades will be holding training for the young students of Kuoh Academy to know about Rating Games while Issei, Asia, Irina, Xenovia and I will be doing our duties in the club” said Yuto.

“Well, good for you, Yuto” said Nami.

“You and Asia are hopefully looking forward to train hard outside the academy and the others will develop in using the abilities for Rating Games matches” said Kotoe.

“Thank you, Kotoe. It’s been a long time to train outside Kuoh, but actually without Rias and Akeno, we would be overwhelmed” said Yuto.

“As you can see, some occult nocturnal specialists have abilities to use while having some duties in their own way. We know that in Kuoh, there are some reports of stray devils and we blast them away” said Rias.

“Now, what are occult nocturnal specialists?” asked Tomoka.

“Occult nocturnal specialists are mostly gang members, exorcists, thieves, devils and night viewers” said Issei.

“In case of those specialists have used abilities to beat those enemies, maybe they are working in your system, right?” said Saki.

“Of course, Saki. Every occult nocturnal specialist has to do their duties and also they participated at Rating Games matches. There are limitations in our traditional system where it is available to occult nocturnal specialists only while other typing specialists have their own way to use their own system” said Yuto.

“Today, we identified one of the specialists and its occupation is a Rating Games specialist. The name of this specialist is Tokuo Tsuda” said Xenovia.

“Tsuda is an expert on using light powers and he creates barriers to protect himself from his enemies” said Irina.

“Usually, my friends say that Tsuda is a stern guy who has been competing in Rating Games competitions with his Evil Pieces” said Koneko.

“That’s interesting. I decided to tell you that most of the occult nocturnal specialists are capable of using strong abilities with the use of Sacred Gear” said Airi.

“To analyze this, most of us have learned to use abilities by using the Sacred Gear and it seems that we can upgrade our abilities by mastering the highest level of the ability” said Ravel.

“Since no one made this before, Rias and I will try our best to master the highest level of our abilities” said Akeno.

“Then, do your best in mastering the highest level of abilities” said Tomoka.

“We’ll try” said Akeno and Rias.

“On the other hand, searching for occult nocturnal specialists would be accomplished in no time. So, may I ask you a favor, Subaru?” said Asia.

“Yes, what is it?” asked Subaru.

“Can we decided to join your group for a while to make sure that we will be able to search more occult nocturnal specialists?” said Asia.

“Okay, Asia, but our batchmates will be assisting you while Saki and I were searching for members to join our group” said Subaru.

“Okay, so even you will let your schoolmates to assist us, can we identify them soon?” said Asia.

“Yes, they will, right, guys?” said Subaru.

“Yes, we’ll do it” said Aoi, Kazunari, Tae and Satsuki.

“Oh, thank you, Subaru. We’ll try our best to find some specialists to join our club” said Asia.

“Okay” said Subaru.

“Since Asia, Issei, Yuto, Xenovia and Irina will join our group for a while, we should split the Bravehearts into four groups” said Tomoka.

“Okay, what are the groups?” said Maho.

“The first group will be composed of Subaru, Aoi, Satsuki, Tae, Kazunari, Issei, Asia, Yuto, Xenovia and Irina. The second group will be composed of Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Michiko, Nami, Kotoe, Hiroshi, Airi, Banri and Hinata. The third group will be composed of Aya, Mimi, Natsuhi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami and Kagetsu. And the fourth group will be composed of Himeko, Mizuko, Yuka, Chiyako, Hana, Asuka and Kana” said Subaru.

“For now, the members of the Occult Research Club will join Subaru’s group while Banri was assigned to Tomoka’s group. Aya will be with us until the new school year starts as she will leave us to return to Suzuridani Academy. But on the bright side, we will have our new members soon” said Saki.

“Yeah, I expected that our search for occult nocturnal specialists will be accomplished by a week” said Subaru.

“I’m sure that we will accomplish this mission in no time” said Aoi.

“Yes, it will” said Subaru. Later, the Bravehearts and the Gremory Team leaves the organization room and while they stopped at the hallway, Rias, Akeno, Koneko, Gasper, Ravel and Roseweisse had to part ways with Issei, Asia, Yuto, Xenovia and Irina.

“Rias, are you leaving with us?” asked Issei.

“Yes, Issei. I have many things to do along with Akeno and Roseweisse because I have a meeting with Sona Sitri and Tsubaki Shinra at the Aurea Academy” said Rias.

“Okay, I will call you when you’re done” said Issei.

“I will, Issei” said Rias.

“Gasper and I will go home first while Ravel will join with us while we’re waiting for you” said Koneko.

“Okay, Koneko, but don’t get in trouble with them” said Asia.

“Right” said Koneko.

“Okay, we’re leaving now, everyone” said Rias as Rias, Akeno, Koneko, Gaper, Ravel and Roseweisse wave goodbyes to the rest of the members of the Gremory Team and the Bravehearts.

“So, right now, are we actually search for occult nocturnal specialists or go shopping?” said Issei.

“We will go shopping first, Issei. We will search for occult nocturnal specialists soon” said Subaru.

“Okay” said Issei.

“Let’s go back to our town and we should go shopping at the Suzuran Shopping Street” said Masami.

“Yeah, let’s go, Bravehearts!” said Saki as the Bravehearts, Jun’s Angels, newly recruits, Issei, Asia, Yuto, Xenovia and Irina went to the bus. They are ready to go back to Nishina, Ōta to go shopping at Suzuran Shopping Street.

While the bus continues to move, Subaru, Aoi, Tae, Satsuki, Issei, Asia, Yuto, Xenovia and Irina talked to each other with their conversation starts.

“So, Issei, how did you like to shop with us?” said Subaru.

“Oh, that’s a great idea, Subaru” said Issei.

“Are you interested in searching for occult nocturnal specialists?” said Yuto.

“Yes, in our town, we don’t have those because we were living separately before Maho declared that the Bravehearts have found a new home” said Aoi.

“This is getting interesting since you were able to track those invaders” said Satsuki.

“We did a lot when we encountered some bad dark side factions” said Asia.

“When it comes to hunting the bad dark side faction members, we fight them with our abilities to weaken and capture them” said Xenovia.

“You are living with Irina and Asia, right, Xenovia?” asked Tae.

“Yes, we were known as the Church Trio of the Gremory Team. We respected the Catholic Church as we were able to pray for them and seek faith” said Xenovia.

“So, you’re all Roman Catholic students of Kuoh Academy, which means that you went to Church as well” said Satsuki.

“Yeah, Yuto is also a Roman Catholic, but he usually didn’t go to Church all the time because Rias assigned him to monitor the enemies” said Irina.

“As you all know, we, the Catholics, have a minor population in Japan, but we respected God as one creator of Heaven” said Asia.

“Well, it seems that you’re praying for faith, Asia. That’s awesome” said Subaru.

“Thank you, Subaru. I could say that everyone has their own profession of faith based on what religion you convert to” said Asia.

“Yeah, Asia” said Subaru.

“When you and Rias were adopting your home while having the members to stay, it was more cozy and comfortable when they see you” said Aoi.

“Yes. It was not a nightmare that I was resisted when my first date kills me, and then Rias revives me to become a devil” said Issei.

“Actually, you’re dating with Rias and then the members of the club, right?” said Aoi.

“Yes, I wanted to become the Harem King where I can have many wives and children as many as I can” said Issei.

“So, I don’t know if I remembered something, Japan is a liberal-influenced nation and it has been a long time to allow multiple wives in some cases” said Aoi.

“Well, the thing is that people knows about harem where multiple girls or women have joined with a guy or a man. I doubt that allowing marrying any girl I want is allowed, but it doesn’t mean that polygamy is allowed in Japan” said Issei.

“The evidence is that some nations allowed polygamy only for Muslim nations, but in Japan, harem is allowed with different circumstances unlike group marriages are allowed in our country” said Yuto.

“Oh, I get it. Although polygamy is not allowed in Japan, group marriages are allowed with the representatives can live together in the same field” said Satsuki.

“You can marry only one woman from the group because polygamy is not allowed in our country” said Tae.

“So, if that so, then who will marry to the other members of our team?” asked Issei.

“I don’t know, Issei, but Yuto will marry Asia, Xenovia or Irina of polygamy is not allowed in Japan” said Aoi.

“Okay, but can I allow my children to marry other members’ children?” asked Issei.

“Okay, I believe that your children will marry the other club members’ children in the future” said Aoi.

“We’ll see about that even though polygamy is not allowed” said Issei.

“Well, good for you” said Aoi.

“So, how is your group gonna do group marriage?” asked Yuto.

“Since I’m in a close relationship with Tomoka while the other members have either have or not have a relationship, it’s our choice depends on what the desire leads to” said Subaru.

“I’m sure that you are all going to do group marriage soon” said Yuto.

“Yeah, we sure will, Yuto” said Subaru.

The bus has stopped moving as they reached the Suzuran Shopping Street where shoppers buy some stuff with their own choice. The members of Bravehearts, Jun’s Angels, team of newly recruits and the Occult Research Club are preparing to use their money to buy their groceries and stuff.

“Okay, Bravehearts, we’ll split up for a while. Subaru, Aoi, Tae, Satsuki, Kazunari, Mihoshi, Issei, Asia, Yuto, Xenovia and Irina, you’re going to buy clothes and shorts” said Tomoka.

“Yes, we will” said Subaru, Aoi, Tae, Satsuki, Kazunari, Mihoshi, Issei, Asia, Yuto, Xenovia and Irina.

“Himeko, Mizuko, Yuka, Chiyako, Hana, Asuka and Kana, you’re going to buy some foods for our dinner later tonight” said Tomoka.

“Okay, Tomoka” saidHimeko, Mizuko, Yuka, Chiyako, Hana, Asuka and Kana.

“Airi, Hinata, Maho, Banri, Aya, Mimi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Natsuhi, Masami and Kagetsu, you’re going to buy the stuff we need for school” said Tomoka.

“Okay, Tomoka” said Airi, Hinata, Maho, Banri, Aya, Mimi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Natsuhi, Masami and Kagetsu.

“And the rest of us will buy a gift for Michiko and find Ayane Shirakawa, Haruko Kōyama, Kozue Hanabusa and Aika Sagawa” said Tomoka. The rest of the members are Tomoka, Saki, Nami, Kotoe, Hiroshi, Michiko, Jun, Nozomi, Sora, Kyō, Kurumi, Kōme, Sakura and Yuzuha. “So, we’ll meet up at the counter when you’re all done.”

“Okay!” all the members replied.

“Then, let’s go shopping!” said Tomoka as the Bravehearts, Jun’s Angels, newly recruits and the Occult Research Club have temporarily parted ways in the meantime where they will go shopping at different sites.

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"The Gremory Team" Part 2
For Subaru’s group, Kazunari asked Issei about what kind of clothes they want to buy for.

“Issei, what clothes do you like?” asked Kazunari.

“I wanted to buy a brand new shirt for me to wear it at home. I want the yellow shirt” said Issei.

“You’re interested in color yellow, right?” said Kazunari.

“Yes, I do” said Issei.

“Well, I will buy that one we want” said Subaru.

“You’re going to buy our favorite clothes for us?” asked Aoi.

“Yes, I do. I believed that we have many favorite shirts we used when it’s not basketball training” said Subaru.

“So, what else do you want to buy, Subaru?” asked Tae.

“I will buy new shorts and socks” said Subaru.

“Yeah, me too. I want to buy new socks for me wear those at school” said Tae.

“If Tae likes to buy new socks, then I will buy those as well” said Satsuki.

“Wow! Your friends are seemed to be more energetic like Akeno and Asia” said Yuto.

“Yeah, we were friends in Nashiba High School and lived together in Nishina separately” said Aoi.

“I’m looking forward to improve your basketball skills, Aoi” said Yuto.

“Yeah, I might become more positive to play basketball even that we will ready to compete at prefectural competitions soon” said Aoi.

On the other hand, the newly recruits have shop for foods as they went to a donut shop.

“Welcome to the Donut Corner. May I help you?” said the cashier.

“I want to buy four boxes of assorted donuts, please” said Himeko.

“That would be 480 yen. Any other orders?” said the cashier.

“Nothing” said Himeko.

“Okay, give me the money” said the cashier.

“Okay” said Himeko as she gives the cashier 500 yen and the cashier give Himeko 20 yen as a change.

“Thanks for ordering. Come again” said the cashier.

“You’re welcome” said Himeko as the newly recruits left the shop.

“Wow! You’re gonna give those donuts to our new friends” said Mizuko.

“Yes, Mizuko. Also, I figured it out on what type of donuts we preferred to choose” said Himeko.

“It has many flavors, but it is expected to be more delicious” said Yuka.

“We need more food to buy, girls” said Himeko.

“Yeah” said Mizuko, Yuka, Chiyako, Hana, Asuka and Kana.

Maho’s group went to the bookstore to buy some stuff for school. Airi and Maho led the team with Hinata, Kagetsu and Banri had their lists of school supplies to buy for the Bravehearts.

“We’re here at the bookstore. There are many materials to buy and Tomoka give the lists of materials to buy to Kagetsu. Did we have the lists of materials we need for school?” said Hinata.

“Yes, we have pencils, pens, erasers, pad papers and notebooks. Also, we need envelopes for each of us” said Kagetsu.

“Okay, who wants to buy the materials for school?” asked Maho.

“I’m sure I’ll be the one to buy those materials and thanks to my brother, we combined our money to use to purchase all of them” said Airi.

“Well, if you’re using your money, then I guess I will give my money to you” said Maho.

“Okay, Maho. I will give you the change once I used all of our money” said Airi.

“Make sure that our change will be equal to each of us” said Hinata as she and Kagetsu give their money to Airi.

“Okay, then, let’s buy some materials” said Airi.

“I’ll join with you, Airi, but make sure that our budget is the key and the change should be divided equally” said Maho.

Maho’s team would search for materials they need for school. Later, Masami, Tsubaki and Hiiragi looked for crayons as Mimi watched them.

“So, TsubaHii and Masami, did you have materials to buy?” asked Mimi.

“Yes, Mimi” said Tsubaki, Hiiragi and Masami.

“So, Tomoka gave me the lists of materials we need and it says here that crayons, color pens and construction papers are needed for us” said Mimi.

“Well, we’re about to buy the crayons” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

“Okay, but make sure that our budget is our key” said Mimi.

“You’re right, Mimi” said Tsubaki.

“Our budget should be at least the change is the half of the total price of all materials” said Hiiragi.

“Sure, go ahead” said Mimi.

“Mimi, I found the construction papers for origami and literature class” said Masami.

“Okay, good for you, Masami. Now, buy them with the cheapest” said Mimi.

“Got it” said Masami as Tsubaki, Hiiragi and Masami have bought the materials that are cheap.

“So, these markers would be a good gift for Michiko and Tomoka” said Mimi as she buys markers for the team as well as for Tomoka and Michiko.

Tomoka’s team went to the fashion store where Saki and Michiko saw the good sandals.

“That’s amazing. These sandals would be fit to wear for you, Michiko” said Saki.

“Yeah, I love those designs with the color light violet” said Michiko.

“Hey, girls. Look what I have found here at the jewelry section” said Tomoka as she bought two bracelets. “I bought one for you, Michiko, and me.”

“Ah, great selection you picked, Tomoka. You remembered anything about my clothes I wear when we’re classmates” said Michiko.

“Yes, it was. I realized that you are beautiful that your friends. I’m sure we have to see them later on” said Tomoka.

Later, Nami and Kotoe arrived as they found Kozue Hanabusa and Aika Sagawa. “Tomoka, Saki and Michiko, we found two of them” said Nami and Kotoe.

“Oh, Kozue and Aika. We meet again, friends” said Michiko as they hugged together. “So, how’s your weekend?”

“I was buying a gift for your birthday today. So, this is the gift that I will give it to you” said Kozue.

“This is for you, Michiko. I hope you like my birthday present” said Aika.

“Kozue, Aika, did you said to me that my birthday is today?” said Michiko.

“Yep” said Kozoe as Tomoka and Saki gasped in surprise.

“Michiko, is your birthday is today?” asked Tomoka.

“Yes, Tomoka. I supposed it would have been a birthday party today, so I will have a birthday party at the resort hotel” said Michiko.

“Oh, you’re right. I see what you want to surprise us after we joined you to the group” said Tomoka.

“I will be pleased that you will come to my party later on, Tomoka” said Michiko.

“Why, thank you, Michiko. I like your personality you have since you have changed. I realized that we’re going to become classmates again” said Tomoka.

“Of course not, Tomoka. I will be with you for sure” said Michiko.

“Yeah” said Tomoka as Michiko, Tomoka, Kozoe and Aika were happy about what would be Michiko’s birthday.

“Ah, what a great day Michiko and Tomoka have” said Saki.

“At least we found two of them, Saki” said Nami.

“Where’s Hiroshi?” asked Kotoe.

“She finds the remaining friends of Michiko, but I hope she finds them” said Nami.

“Then, we have to stick to the plan to buy our clothes, girls” said Saki.

“Okay!” said Tomoka, Michiko, Kozoe, Aika, Nami, Kotoe, Jun, Nozomi, Sora, Kyō, Kurumi, Kōme, Sakura and Yuzuha.

Later, Hiroshi, Ayane and Haruko have finished buying their clothes and saw Tomoka and her team at the counter.

“Tomoka! I found Ayane and Haruko at the young girls’ fashion section” said Hiroshi.

“Then, come in” said Tomoka.

“Okay!” said Hiroshi, Ayane and Haruko. Then, the Bravehearts, Jun’s Angels, newly recruits and the Occult Research Club were reunited at the entrance of the fashion store.

“There you are. Where you have been?” said Maho.

“We bought our gifts to Michiko for her birthday” said Tomoka.

“Her birthday? Hey, I thought you said the gifts we give is for her reconciliation” said Maho.

“Yes, it was, Maho, but Michiko had revealed to us that today’s her birthday. So, she invites us to your hotel” said Tomoka.

“Okay, I never thought that your family and friends are in the hotel, but I’ll happy if I will join too” said Maho.

“Me too. Because thanks to Tomoka, we wanted to thank her for choosing the gifts we need for her” said Saki.

“I was able to buy a hairpin for her before we went to the bookstore” said Airi.

“Oh, I found a perfect gift for you, Michiko” said Hinata.

“We, the incoming sixth graders have something to give you a birthday gift” said Mimi as Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami and Kagetsu nod together.

“Michiko, when we go to sports store, we decided to buy a perfect gear to improve your basketball skills” said Subaru.

“At least Kazunari gives us the advice to buy cheap clothes” said Aoi.

“That’s my Kazunari” said Tae.

“Yeah, he likes to give everyone a smile after we followed the advice he gives” said Satsuki.

“I thought that your day is a special day, so I decided to give this gift to you as well” said Kazunari.

“Well, thank you, everyone, especially for you, Tomoka” said Michiko.

“Count on it, Michiko” said Tomoka.

Later, as they are about to board in to return to the Misawa Resort Hotel, the members of Occult Research Club have decided to remain at the downtown store as they have a group dinner.

“Why are you not going to come to our home?” asked Mihoshi.

“Because our team has a group dinner at the Sushi Drive” said Issei.

“Why don’t you come to my restaurant Sushi Fujii” said Masami.

“Thanks, but we have other plans to do. By the way, we’ll meet up son, Subaru” said Issei.

“Well, we’ll call you if you need us” said Subaru.

“Good, then off we go, guys” said Issei as the members of the Occult Research Club wave their hands and say goodbyes to the Bravehearts. The bus moves in as they are ready on board back to the Misawa Resort Hotel for Michiko’s birthday. It was 5:52 and it’s almost time for dinner and Michiko has invited Tomoka’s team to join the birthday party. Eventually, the Bravehearts began to look at the bright lights of the buildings in Nishina. Then, the bus went back to the Misawa Resort Hotel as the Bravehearts went back to their home to prepare for Michiko’s birthday party.

At Michiko’s birthday party at the beach, Michiko and her friends have enjoyed eating their birthday cakes. Then, Tomoka and the Bravehearts were glad that Michiko has been friendly with her friends since Tomoka’s team found Michiko’s friends at the Suzuran Shopping Street. The instrumental version of 「大切がきこえる」 can be heard in the stereos.

“Well, there she goes. She is very happy with her friends after what we gave her. I hope that they are going to hang out with us soon” said Jun.

“Of course, Jun. That would be a great time to enjoy our vacation ourselves” said Tomoka.

“Even Michiko was very pretty when she wears a lavender dress. I hope I would wear the same thing” said Nozomi.

“I want to wear that dress, too, Nozomi” said Sora.

“Yes, Sora. You can have it when we’re going to buy some new clothes tomorrow” said Nozomi.

“That’s right, Nozomi. We’ll buy some new clothes for spring. I will organize a party for Michiko on Tuesday. Is that right, Angels?” said Jun.

“Yes, we would!” said Nozomi, Sora, Kyō, Kurumi, Kōme, Sakura and Yuzuha.

“Yeah, that would be a great idea, Jun! I hope we should have activities to do for Michiko and her friends” said Tomoka.

“Oh, okay, Tomoka” said Jun.

“I wonder if you will come to the party, Tomoka. My brother and I will share about you and your friends” said Kurumi.

“Well, you should be ready for that, but I bet you will have a nice story to tell us” said Tomoka.

“Yeah. We’ll do it for you!” said Kurumi.

“That’s great, Kurumi. Yuzuha and Kōme, did you have plans for the party?” said Tomoka.

“I will prepare to cook some foods” said Yuzuha.

“Yuzuha and I will cook foods for the guests to eat” said Kōme.

“That would be great, you two! I hope you’ll cook something delicious!” said Tomoka.

“Okay, Tomoka. We will be ready to serve our food for you!” said Yuzuha and Kōme.

“Okay, Yuzuha and Kōme!” said Tomoka.

“So, Subaru, are gonna come to our party for Michiko?” asked Kyō.

“I should, but I will think about it” said Subaru.

“Okay, take your time if you want to come to our party” said Kyō.

“I hope that your friends will come as well” said Sakura.

“Of course, they would. We’ll think about that because we’ll have activities too in our home” said Subaru.

“Sure, Subaru. Then, just call us if you want to come” said Kyō.

“Okay!” said Subaru.

“Tomoka, when you and Michiko were friends for the first time?” asked Jun.

“I remembered Michiko when she invited me to come at her tenth birthday and then I enjoyed at the party. It seems that Michiko become humbler than her previous personality” said Tomoka.

“That’s so sweet. I hope she will always be happy with you again like the old days” said Nozomi.

“While we’re performing our songs for her, you should join us singing. Is that okay to you?” said Sora.

“Well, I’ll be glad to sing your songs, Sora” said Tomoka.

“That’s great, Tomoka! I should give Michiko a gift of appreciation at our party” said Jun.

“Yeah, Jun. Let’s give her a gift together” said Tomoka.

“Okay! Then, it’s settled! Thanks, Tomoka for trying to contribute our plans to create a party for Michiko” said Jun.

“Anytime, Jun. I will be always helping you” said Tomoka as she smiled on Jun, who would smile on Tomoka as well. “Anyway, what Michiko wants in the future?”

“She wanted to be the same like you. Her goal is getting stronger like you” said Nozomi.

“That’s great! We usually play basketball and also, her friends are great players, too. When Jun and I were usually hang together with her, I would smile on her, then she would return the favor to us just a smile always. Michiko is my friend that she loves to play basketball and I hope she’ll improve her basketball skills when we grew up” said Tomoka.

“Every time when Michiko joins our playtime, we usually play some tricks and she always doing the favor to us. Also, she always has good lucks from her teammates in her basketball club” said Jun.

“I believe that she wanted to stop her problems with you in the first place, Tomoka. The reason of this is because she admitted that obsession in playing basketball would worry your friendship and it’s difficult to make a mistake. I hope that you’ll be more greateful to be with her as always” said Saki.

“Especially, when Michiko wants to be a better basketball player like you, she is looking to improve her skills while playing with you” said Maho.

“I fully respect on you, Tomoka. I hope you continue your friendship with her once we enter at Kirihara” said Airi.

“Oh, Tomoka has to be less pressured with Michiko while having training with us” said Hinata.

“I hope you are ready to play together with her, Tomoka” said Sora.

“Yeah, Tomoka. You can enjoy playing with her. If she’s here, I’ll join too!” said Kurumi.

“Count me in, Tomoka!” said Kōme and Yuzuha.

“That’s very nice, everyone. It wishes me about how she was being friendly to me and I’m sure that we will be ready to improve soon” said Tomoka.

“I supposed that we have to find other friends, Tomoka, but we still have time for that tomorrow” said Maho.

“We will, Maho. So, what are your wishes on Michiko?” said Saki.

“I wished that she will have more experienced in basketball as well as she will be committed to be with us” said Tomoka.

“I love your wish, Tomoka. It was so admiring that you brought back your childhood friend again” said Airi.

“Oh, I respected Michiko as well as she is going to join with us in trainings soon” said Hinata.

“Yeah, I have to say that she will be more special when it comes to find a passionate friend of mine that has many skills” said Tomoka.

“She will be fine and if she can help us, she deserves us to be more generous” said Saki.

“Yep. I will be glad that we should start working with the activities, Tomoka” said Maho.

“Looks like you are forming a team of friends with Michiko and Mimi” said Airi.

“Oh, a big formation of a team will be built for Tomoka and her team” said Hinata.

“It sure will and I have to be honest, there is one thing I wanted to do” said Tomoka.

“And what’s that, Tomoka? Do you have ideas?” asked Saki.

“Of course, Saki. I will be having more time to train with Michiko and my friends of mine” said Tomoka.

“Wow! I’m sure you will know them first before we begin the training” said Maho.

“Yes, Maho. That would be our daily activities for our team soon” said Tomoka.

“That’s interesting to me, Tomoka. I’ll join you” said Airi.

“I would love to join the training with them too” said Hinata.

“I’ll be glad if you join your group, but in some other time” said Jun.

“Me, too, Tomoka! Since we trust you, you should trust us, too!” said Nozomi, Sora, Kyō, Kurumi, Kōme, Sakura and Yuzuha.

“Okay, then let’s work together!” said Tomoka.

“Yeah!” said Jun, Nozomi, Sora, Kyō, Kurumi, Kōme, Sakura, Yuzuha, Saki, Maho, Airi and Hinata. Tomoka and her friends are going to help Michiko and others in preparing to be part of the Kirihara Middle School girls’ basketball club. Michiko sees Tomoka and her friends have their plans to prepare for training and smiled with her friend’s idea would be great.

“I feel happy for our friendship, Tomoka. Let’s work together as a team” said Michiko.

Ayane, Haruko, Kozue and Aika are also happy to see Michiko being proud of being friends of Tomoka again. It seems that Tomoka needs to find more friends in her former school, Keishin Academy, to begin their training.

On the other hand, Mimi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami, Kagetsu, Aya, Himeko, Mizuko, Yuka, Chiyako, Hana, Asuka and Kana felt happy to see Tomoka and Michiko reconciled.

“What a friendship I like to see” said Mimi.

“I’m sure they’ll build together as a team” said Tsubaki.

“I’m hoping to see how they go when in training” said Hiiragi.

“I feel excited about our future plans soon” said Masami.

“When our time comes, it will be a new opportunity for the Bravehearts” said Kagetsu.

“Once Michiko is ready to play, she’s always ready to help her teammates to victory” said Aya.

“Mimi, are you sure that we will have trainings soon?” asked Himeko.

“Yes, Tomoka will send me some duties for you to train well” said Mimi.

“Then I’ll improve to see who the best captain is” said Himeko.

“If she wants competition with Mimi, then we will have a rematch with your team soon” said Chiyako.

“I assumed that two halves are used for the elementary school games, but in our game against Keishin, it has four quarters instead of two halves. It was because Tomoka and her friends, Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata, are now seventh graders” said Yuka.

“Oh, you’re right about that, Yuka. Then we will try our best to beat you this time” said Mizuko.

“We will do as long as we will be more competitive as we can” said Hana.

“If Himeko and others are ready to improve, then we’re set” said Asuka.

“I agree with them and we’re sure to beat you this time” said Kana.

“Yeah, it sure will for as long as you will make it, Himeko and the team” said Mimi.

“Yes, we will” said Himeko, Chiyako, Yuka, Mizuko, Hana, Asuka and Hana.

“That’s great, Himeko and friends!” said Aya.

“A new expectation for the incoming fifth graders, Mimi” said Kagetsu.

“They will see if they will be more improved when we face them again” said Mimi.

“I might say that our team will be more developed just like we did last year” said Masami.

“As we all know that the competitions will start by September, we’ll participate first the ForM Mini Basketball Cup where Tomoka’s team beat us in the semifinals last year, and then the regional qualifiers for the Nationals” said Kagetsu.

“That’s right, Kagetsu. I will be helping with Tomoka to train together” said Mimi.

“Then if Tomoka is here, then Maho and I will improve our communication together” said Tsubaki.

“I’m sure that Maho will be happy with us again” said Hiiragi.

“I’ll do the same thing for Saki” said Masami.

“Hinata and I will train together as well” said Kagetsu.

“I’m also going to train with Airi, so that she’ll improve her skills” said Aya.

“Well, then, time for grooving the team, girls” said Mimi.

“Okay!” said Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami, Kagetsu and Aya. Mimi and her team are going to join with Tomoka and her friends for the training as well. The first formation of Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team will reunite again for the training with their future friends from Kirihara Middle School while the newly recruits will have their own training for the rematch with Mimi’s team soon.

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I finally updated all the posts of the Volume 1 chapters from Chapters 1 to 10 except for Special Chapter 1 and Chapter 10 will be more interesting since I added a song from Tenshi no 3P! which is 「大切がきこえる」 by Baby's breath. Also, Chapter 11 will be last chapter of the Volume 1 as I will be posting Chapter 11 tonight. So, enjoy reading the entire Volume 1 and I'll be planning to post a supplement to the series.

Enjoy!

Before the Sunday training at the outdoor basketball courts of the Misawa Resort Hotel, Jun's Angels had left the Bravehearts for a while and Tomoka was invited by Jun to join the appreciation party of their childhood friend Michiko Takeda. Later, the Bravehearts are heading to the basketball court to start training. Also, the group's new techniques in basketball will be revealed since they will trying to improve their skills in future games once they're heading to the summer tournament. Also, Natsuhi Takenaka had revealed his team as he will join Tomoka's team over Hiroshi's team because he is dating Maho Misawa, then Hinata Hakamada after the girls' basketball club was formed. He admitted that he wanted to help the girls to improve their skills and it's his choice to hang out with them rather than his teammates.

VOLUME 1: “A BLESSING START”
CHAPTER 11: “THREE HEARTS”

The next day is a Sunday and the Bravehearts are planning to go around the Misawa Resort Hotel. But before they get started, Jun’s Angels will about to leave the group as they will go back to their home to practice their performance at the church.

“So, Jun, did you have plans to come back to visit us?” asked Tomoka.

“Yes. As long as we’re finished our practice, we will be back for some times. But since you’re my friend, you’re invited to come to Michiko’s appreciation party on Tuesday” said Jun.

“Okay, Jun. We’ll see you at the appreciation party” said Tomoka.

“Okay, Tomoka. We’ll see you too, Michiko” said Jun.

“Come back when you have time to enjoy with us” said Michiko.

“I promise, Michiko” said Jun as Jun’s Angels wave their hands and say goodbyes to the Bravehearts. It would a promising start of the relationship between the Bravehearts and Jun’s Angels where Jun’s Angels have plans to visit with Tomoka and her friends soon. Right now, before the new school year starts, Subaru and his friends hold a meeting to think about sticking together with Tomoka and her friends while the Bravehearts were heading to Nashiba, Kirihara and Keishin next month.

“For now, when the classes end, we will go home together, then we will wait for Tomoka and her friends at Kirihara as well as Mimi and her friends at Keishin. So, that means that we will be heading home at 5:00 to do our studies and trainings at the mansion” said Subaru.

“Actually, I was thinking if there will be new friends joining the Bravehearts, then we will have to arrange the rooms from each school they entered to” said Aoi.

“That would be a great idea to assign them by each of the girl’s friends, but the sixth graders wanted to be with Tomoka and her friends because they will be planning to enroll at Kirihara Middle School next year” said Satsuki.

“Well, then let’s give the sixth graders to be with them” said Subaru.

“On the other hand, Hiroshi and Natsuhi will be joining with Maho’s friends at their own room once the latter join us. For now, Hiroshi will be joining with Michiko and her team while Natsuhi will be joining with us in our room” said Tae.

“That’s a great idea. I will ask him later if he can sleep with us” said Subaru.

“Okay” said Tae.

“In our room, we have me, Subaru, Natsuhi, Banri, Aoi, Satsuki and Tae. The boys will be sleeping on the left side while the girls will be sleeping on the right side, so that there will be no conflicts between them” said Kazunari.

“Nashiba High School Basketball Team will be using this mansion as our place to stay when we’re tired from training or the classes were ended” said Banri.

“I will be reserving the other room for the other members of the club, so that we will have some arrangements based on the lineup for boys and girls” said Aoi.

“That’s more like it, Aoi” said Kazunari.

“Then, I hope we will be ready to begin our new lives in the mansion” said Subaru.

“Yeah” said Kazunari, Banri, Aoi, Satsuki and Tae.

“There’s one thing that I heard from Tomoka and her friends” said Subaru.

“What is it?” asked Aoi.

“A training for new friends from Kirihara Middle School while Mimi’s team will have a rematch with Himeko’s team soon” said Subaru.

“Um, that would be interesting to see. I believed that before the Bravehearts will go back to their respective schools, we should have the rematch between Mimi’s team and Himeko’s team. The training will be every other day because we have to find some new members in our team like close friends” said Aoi.

“Also, we have a meeting with the Occult Research Club soon. I hope that we will meet them as long as Jun’s Angels will be back for another visit” said Banri.

“Of course, we should start doing our daily activities every day while we’re on vacation” said Satsuki.

“It has a lot of time to do while we’re hanging out with them. I’m sure that we need to organize our group” said Tae.

“That’s a great idea. Subaru, since you’re managing the recruitment, I will have a new position to make sure that Saki will handle on her own” said Aoi.

“Okay” said Subaru.

“Subaru, you will be the General Manager of the Bravehearts where you will be able to meet with the other team leaders of our team” said Kazunari.

“I will be glad to accept the position as the General Manager of the Bravehearts and also, since Aoi is my childhood friend, I will give her position as the Assistant General Manager of our team” said Subaru.

“Okay, Subaru. I will watch your back to see how they are doing in this organization” said Aoi.

“I will be more helpful to be with me together as soon as we’re on a team” said Subaru.

“Okay” said Aoi.

“Let’s handle the rest of the positions to the other members of the group when we’re holding another meeting soon” said Banri.

“Okay” said Subaru, Aoi, Kazunari, Satsuki and Tae.

At hall of the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel, the members of the Bravehearts except for students of Nashiba are also holding a meeting. Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata were standing while others are sitting to listen what they have to say about the next meeting.

“Right now, we have two weeks to go before we will go back to school. As you all know, Subaru has assigned every one of us to different rooms to stay there starting tomorrow” said Tomoka.

“Also, since the first formation of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team will be using my room to sleep together, other members will be assigned to sleep to other rooms” said Maho.

“For the assigned rooms for other members of our group, the newly recruits will sleep beside our room” said Saki.

“For Tomoka’s friends, they will sleep on the other side of the room beside our room” said Airi.

“And for the other rooms, those will be reserved by other friends and members of the Nashiba High School Basketball Team” said Hinata.

“Your stuff will be put into assigned room you are staying with and let’s make this new arrangement of rooms will be more comfortable than before” said Tomoka.

“For the training, it will be every other day because some of us will have to do daily activities inside and outside the mansion. So, let’s move on to duties” said Saki.

“Each of us will have duties to work on as a team and while everyone has doing their duties, we want to accomplish it day by day” said Maho.

“Before the end of the day, we have to check everyone to see if you’re done doing the duties on time and if you have concerns, ask one of us” said Airi.

“The Bravehearts will make sure that working together is like we did in basketball and our new journey will have new challenges for every one of us” said Hinata.

“For now, every one of us will be divided into groups. I will be representing our group: me, Maho, Saki, Airi, Hinata, Mimi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami, Kagetsu, Natsuhi and Aya” said Tomoka.

“We call ourselves Team Minato” said all the members of that team.

“On the other hand, the team of Himeko will be called as Team Katayama” said Saki.

“Michiko and her team will be known as Team Takeda” said Maho.

“Each team will assign two members from Nashiba and they’ll be assigning our assignments and duties while you’re in the team” said Airi.

“Since we have more time to find new members of our group, we will finalize this when we have new members by the end of the week” said Hinata.

“In addition, Aya will not be part of the Bravehearts until she will finish her duties as a member of Suzuridani Academy Basketball Team” said Airi.

“I will have time to decide whether to join the group, but still I will visit at your house once I finished the last class in my section or done training with my team” said Aya.

“I’m sure you’ll be with us soon” said Hinata.

“Okay” said Aya.

“Hiroshi will be creating her own team once my friends are joining the team as well as Natsuhi” said Maho.

“I will call out the boys to join our team to work together while we’re in Kirihara” said Natsuhi.

“Okay, Natsuhi. I hope you will complete filling out the team” said Saki.

“I will” said Natsuhi.

“All groups will be staying to their respective rooms to use these as the meeting place to talk about anything what we discussed or do their hobbies with your team members” said Tomoka.

“The more you cooperate them, the efforts in your team improves” said Maho.

“Today, there will be free time to enjoy at the resort hotel, which means that each team will have to assign one area where you will have to enjoy playing recreational games or swimming” said Saki.

“Make sure that one of the members of your team will assign to assist the team leader. It’s important to help your leader to organize your plans in the future activities” said Airi.

“Now that we only form three teams, our team will find more friends tomorrow to add more teams for team activities” said Hinata.

“That’s all for now. Since it’s already 1:00 after we ate together with Subaru and his friends and Jun’s Angels have left us to continue their practice at their home, let’s go to the resort hotel” said Tomoka.

“Okay!” said the other members of the Bravehearts as they left the mansion for the main entrance of the main resort hotel where the three groups are ready for free activities to enjoy the day.

“As of now, we’re 27 members plus Subaru, Aoi, Kazunari, Satsuki, Tae and Banri. That would be 33 members for now. I hope our membership increases soon. But for now, for today’s activity, this is the point that we will look at the vicinity map where each group will pick one area to spend the afternoon at the resort hotel” said Tomoka.

“Also, tomorrow will be the first training for us to prepare ourselves to join the Kirihara Middle School Basketball Team. Natsuhi and his teammates will also join the basketball team, so that we will help together to win the prefectural tournament against different teams including the neighboring teams” said Maho.

“Maho and I will be assigning our team to choose the area we stay for the group to enjoy while the two groups will pick their members to choose one area to stay for the afternoon” said Saki.

“If you know the resort hotel, there are five areas to explore, relax, play and enjoy. The first area is the mansion where the Misawa family stays there. The second area is the main resort hotel where it houses hotel rooms for guests, the main office and swimming pools. The third area is the park where you can see the view of the ocean and has many ways to enjoy with your friends” said Airi.

“The fourth area is the beachfront area where you can enjoy swimming at the sea as white sands are used to create sandcastles. And finally, the fifth area is the recreational center where you can play indoor activities and it has the basketball court outside of it” said Hinata.

“We trained and played a lot while we’re working as a team. And because we enjoyed staying at the resort hotel to make Keishin being a team with many talents and abilities, now it’s time to test your enjoyment at the resort hotel” said Tomoka.

“I allowed guests to stay there even my friends and associates to our family. Also, my father also holds a store known as the ForM Apparel Store where there are many jerseys available and we tried hard to design the jerseys for specific schools” said Maho.

“The resort hotel has many areas to see and of course, we gave the priority to hold for trainings at the basketball court. Subaru said that trainings are usually held at the gym, but he has many ideas for us to be ready in a real game” said Saki.

“Aside from the resort hotel, the team has many plans that we did last year including the trip to Kyoto. This year, with new teams created to prepare for the middle school, Subaru and our team will work together like we did in Keishin” said Airi.

“Of course, any new opportunities for the Bravehearts should be ready when we’re on a team. We will win more games in Kirihara, but we have to help Keishin and Nashiba to win games as well, in order to make all three teams to be dominant” said Hinata.

“For us, since the newly recruits are going to be evaluated tomorrow, we are ready to make Keishin stronger like the first formation with Tomoka and her friends” said Mimi.

“By the time the newly recruits join us, we wanted to groove and improve the team. With Tomoka and her friends are here to train us, we’re ready again” said Tsubaki.

“The sixth graders will bring Keishin to be new and improved and thanks to Tomoka and her friends, we’re moving on from struggle to dominance” said Hiiragi.

“Being a member of Keishin girls’ basketball team is what I have experienced before to be bad, but now I trust the girls to make our team competitive again” said Masami.

“I wanted to be more focused on the team because I wanted to the best as well. I respect Hinata and her friends and I feel that we’re ready again” said Kagetsu.

“Once I will be working together with Tomoka and her team soon, it’s time for me to improve my skills and abilities. I will also help the new members too” said Natsuhi.

“That’s why, you can be with us as well if you are able to enjoy playing basketball” said Tomoka.

“Let’s achieve together as a group of basketball players and friends” said Maho.

“No one will cross the borders because it’s on to you to adopt and play” said Saki.

“Victory is the key to success and our gems will be ours soon” said Airi.

“Our Bravehearts is our basketball and our team is our blessing” said Hinata.

“Now, who will be representing Himeko’s team and Michiko’s team?” asked Tomoka.

Mizuko and Yuka join with Maho and Saki to represent for Himeko’s team while Nami and Kotoe represent for Michiko’s team.

“So, what would be your area to stay for the day?” asked Airi.

“I’ll be picking the basketball court from the recreational center” said Maho.

“It’s just like the old days in Keishin” said Saki.

“I’ll choose the beachfront area” said Mizuko.

“We’re all set to go to that place” said Yuka.

“And I’ll choose the bowling room of the recreational center” said Nami.

“We’ll play bowling with our team” said Kotoe.

“Okay, we’re all set and ready to go, Bravehearts. We’ll be back at 5:30” said Tomoka.

“Just enjoy the day, everyone!” said Hinata.

“Okay!” said the members of Tomoka’s team, Himeko’s team and Michiko’s team as the afternoon activities begin. Subaru’s team is also present at the main entrance of the main resort hotel. Subaru and Aoi smile to see Tomoka being a good leader because she is a former team captain of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball team.

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"Three Hearts" Part 2

Himeko’s team is composed of seven members: Himeko, Mizuko, Yuka, Chiyako, Hana, Asuka and Kana. They went to the beachfront area and saw the sun glowing up.

“What do you think, girls? This place seems to be nicer than the other beaches out there” said Himeko.

“It’s beautiful with fresh water on the sea” said Mizuko.

“It’s good to swim there” said Yuka.

“The white sand is not much rough at all, Hana” said Chiyako.

“There are many sands in the beachfront area, but the area with the white sands is the good place to play with a beach ball” said Hana.

“It’s so adorable” said Asuka as she inspects the white sand.

“Well, Himeko, did you have a beach ball?” asked Kana.

“Yes, I have. Then, let’s play together” said Himeko.

“Okay” said Mizuko, Yuka, Chiyako, Hana, Asuka and Kana. Himeko and her friends begin to play with their own beach ball. They enjoyed catching the beach ball while used it as a basketball later on. Yuka and Himeko trade passes while Mizuko, Chiyako, Hana, Asuka and Kana have to use their agility for their movements.

Himeko would pass the ball to Mizuko while Kana tries to stop Mizuko using her defense. Asuka made sure that Himeko is improving her passes to her teammates. Kana stops Mizuko from dribbling the ball and then she learns that she is improving her defense. “It works, Himeko! I finally stopped her” said Kana.

“It looks like you’re getting great in defense, but you have to screen the player and make sure that you don’t fake” said Himeko.

“Okay, Himeko. I’m getting better to play against Mimi’s team soon” said Kana.

“The screen usually breaks the opponent’s movements and fakes won’t easily accomplish until you are able to immobilize them” said Himeko.

“I can test it out one more time” said Kana.

“Okay” said Himeko. Himeko passes the ball to Mizuko and Kana tries to look at the movements of her opponents. Mizuko passes the ball to Yuka and Kana tries to stop Yuka by screen her. Kana did well by not using the fake, thus she is able to steal the ball from Yuka.

“It worked again” said Kana.

“I’m sure you’re good in defending, but can you even try to use the fake on offense?” said Himeko.

“Okay” said Kana. Kana would dribble the ball, trying to get past Yuka, Himeko and Mizuko.

“Come on, Kana. You can do it” said Hana. Kana moves past Yuka and Himeko. Then, Kana goes for a fake on Mizuko, in which Mizuko was shocked.

“She did it again!” said Mizuko.

“Yes! I’m feeling so good to use my defense” said Kana.

“Wow! Doing the fake is making the opponents cringed and I’m sure that you’re a good slasher like me” said Himeko.

“Yes, it was. By the way, can I go one-on-one with you, Himeko?” asked Kana.

“Oh, sure. Let’s see how you will test your fake and screen” said Himeko.

“Okay” said Kana. Himeko holds and dribbles the ball and then Kana prepares to screen her. Kana made the right move and tries not to let Himeko using the fake. Kana stops Himeko from dribbling the ball and Himeko looks shocked on what Kana did.

“Wow! You’re mastering the screen play” said Himeko.

“Thanks, Himeko. I couldn’t commit a foul if I touch her, but it seems that I will work on the screen in the game” said Kana.

“Good for you, Kana. You are great today” said Asuka.

“Thanks, Asuka. I was trying to learn that move while you’re practicing the fake” said Kana.

“Yep. I’ll make sure that when we’re facing Mimi’s team again, it’s time to stop them with our new skills” said Asuka.

“So, let’s practice more” said Kana.

“Okay, I’ll join with you” said Asuka.

“Good. We’re ready, Himeko” said Kana.

“Okay. Then let’s practice our play again” said Himeko.

“Yeah” said Kana, Asuka, Yuka, Chiyako, Hana and Mizuko as the newly recruits continued to practice their play to prepare for a rematch against Mimi’s team.

Michiko’s team is composed of members: Michiko, Hiroshi, Nami, Kotoe, Ayane, Haruko, Kozue and Aika. They get their bowling gears and bowling balls to start playing.

“Is that Hiroshi?” a brown-haired girl appears as she saw Hiroshi and her teammates. Then, she meets her to know what she is doing.

“Are you one of Tomoka’s friends?” asked the brown-haired girl.

“Yes, I am. I know you. You’re Megumi Kadokawa, one of my classmates from 6-C” said Hiroshi.

“Ah, you recognize me again since our graduation. It appears that you’re going to Kirihara Middle School. I’m one of Tomoka’s friends in our section and also entering Kirihara too” said Megumi.

“Yeah, how did you go there?” asked Hiroshi.

“Tomoka contacted me to come to this place where her friends will come tomorrow” said Megumi.

“Okay, so you’re Tomoka’s friend and it seems that we’re gonna be schoolmates again” said Hiroshi.

“Yeah, I know you meet me and I wanted to have time to stay here to see Tomoka later on” said Megumi.

“Well, in that case, come to our bowling game” said Hiroshi.

“I’m interested to play with you, but of course, I will pass” said Megumi.

“Come on. You’re gonna have an experience to play this kind of sport” said Hiroshi.

“Okay. I’m ready to play, Hiroshi” said Megumi.

“Then let’s play” said Hiroshi. The bowling game starts with Nami and Kotoe score a strike, Ayane scores a spare, Haruko score an eight and Kozue score a nine. It’s Aika’s turn to play the round. She rolls the ball with her acceleration and she scores a strike.

“Wow! You’re good too, Aika” said Michiko.

“Yeah, it’s awesome to score a strike. Your first round will add more points depend on the score you got in the second round” said Aika.

“I know that. Watch my play” said Michiko. Michiko goes for the strike as she rolls the ball to the speed line and scores a strike.

“Hah! I did it too, Aika” said Michiko.

“Wow! You’re getting good right out there, but this is the beginning of the game, so I hope that whoever has the highest score in the game wins” said Aika.

“Don’t disappoint me, Aika if I lose” said Michiko.

“Okay” said Aika.

It’s Hiroshi’s turn to play the round. She saw the scoreboard where four girls scored a strike and she is motivated to join them if she scores a strike in that round. Hiroshi would roll the ball with her own speed and she managed to score a strike.

“A strike!” said the other members of Michiko’s team. Five girls are scoring the strike while others didn’t.

“You’re up, Megumi” said Hiroshi as Megumi gives her a high five.

“So, what is she gonna do?” asked Nami.

“I don’t know, but I believed that she is looking forward to score a strike” said Hiroshi.

“We’ll see. She has prepared for that as she played bowling many times” said Kotoe.

Megumi rolls the ball to the speed line and ball has smashed all the pins. Megumi scores a strike.

“Yes!” said Hiroshi, Michiko, Nami, Kotoe, Ayane, Haruko, Kozue and Aika. The second round is about to begin soon and the girls have a two-minute break.

“Did you see my play? It is really good!” said Megumi.

“Wow! You’re a good bowling player, Megumi. It seems that you are scoring the highest point before” said Hiroshi.

“Yeah. I never imagine what I did before when I was playing with my classmates while others have other hobbies. It seems that I was so lucky to win every game” said Megumi.

“So, your basketball shoes are looked awesome. Why did you wear that rather than the bowling shoes?” said Michiko.

“Because Tomoka and I were buying some shoes and I like the shoes that Tomoka wears during the games. I’m a good backup player for her during our intramural competition” said Megumi.

“That’s nice. Well, I hope you play well in basketball and I’m sure that you’ll be my classmate again” said Hiroshi.

“We’re on the same section as Tomoka and her friends. I wondered what other students have been put to other sections” said Megumi.

“I’m with Tomoka for 1-C” said Michiko.

“Aika and I will be entering as students of 1-A” said Haruko.

“I’ll be joining section 1-E as a new student” said Kozue.

“And I’ll be a student of 1-G” said Ayane.

“Very interesting, Michiko and friends. You’re entering Kirihara with different sections” said Nami.

“I love to see reunions and gatherings” said Kotoe.

“So, while I’m watching you playing, I see the potential of your speed and acceleration. Hiroshi, Nami and Kotoe were good in those and so do I” said Megumi.

“Mark my words, Megumi, that if you’re better than me, I will face you one-on-one” said Aika.

“Don’t be so bad to her, Aika. Tomoka’s friends were happy students and they have other talents and hobbies aside from basketball” said Michiko.

“Sorry, my bad” said Aika.

“It’s okay, we’ll face them at some time” said Michiko.

“Okay, girls. It looks like the break is up, then we should be ready to play round two” said Hiroshi.

“Let’s see who the best bowler is” said Nami.

“Okay, you’re on, Nami” said Megumi as the bowling game continues with Michiko’s team found a new team member.

Tomoka’s team is composed of twelve members: Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi, Hinata, Mimi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Masami, Kagetsu, Natsuhi and Aya. Mimi and Tomoka talk with Natsuhi about the planned rematch against the newly recruits.

“I wondered what would be our plays when we face the newly recruits again” said Natsuhi.

“As you can see, the Complete Synchronization Skill is used for high teamwork and the communication technique worked well while using our movements to make a complete play” said Mimi.

“In our team, Subaru learned everything I had as well as the floater and a layup. I never shoot three-pointers because I was so close to make it as I was stepped on the three-point line” said Tomoka.

“Well, your team’s defense must be more improved and we should practice the screen and fake play” said Natsuhi.

“I’m sure that Subaru and Aoi are good on that since they did in Kirihara, but can you please show that play?” said Tomoka.

“Come on, Natsuhi. Your play gone well, but I want to improve our defense” said Mimi.

“Okay, fine. Because I will help you, I will not join Hiroshi’s group” said Natsuhi.

“I thought you want to be with them soon” said Maho.

“Subaru said that I will be assigned to Hiroshi’s team once Maho finds all of her friends, but I decided to against it because I wanted to be with Maho, Saki and Hinata all along” said Natsuhi.

“So, does that mean you want to join our team?” asked Tomoka.

“Yes, Tomoka. You see, Subaru and I were talking while we’re walking to the basketball court” said Natsuhi.

The flashback starts with Subaru, Aoi and Natsuhi walking together.

“Going with you, Aoi and your friends? Yes, I wanted to, but I also wanted to join with the girls and Maho too” said Natsuhi.

“Well, if you are friends with Maho, Saki and Hinata before, then why don’t you ask Tomoka and her friends to stay with them at their room” said Subaru.

“You’re the team captain of the boys’ team and because you are respecting Tomoka and her friends since you and Subaru worked together to put Maho’s panties back to her” said Aoi.

“I’m sure that Maho would let me part of the team that has many girls in the team. After all, I’m her classmate in our section” said Natsuhi.

“Well, you can convince to them that you’re no longer part of Hiroshi’s team” said Subaru.

“It will be fine that you’re the only boy to join Tomoka’s team” said Aoi.

“Well, sure. I hope that we’re working together to make our teams stronger as they can be” said Natsuhi.

“Then, you have to be more cautious to them because when you treat them, they will try to play with you like what I did” said Subaru.

“Okay” said Natsuhi.

“Now, convince them to be part of their team” said Aoi.

“I’m counting on you whenever we worked together with them” said Subaru.

“Right” said Natsuhi.

The flashback ends as Natsuhi wanted to be more focused on the girls since he dated Hinata.

“Oh, you’re trying to stay with us instead of joining Hiroshi’s team. Well, I’m not sure” said Hinata.

“Me, either” said Airi.

“Hinata, Airi. Natsuhi had sometimes joined us when we have training and also, he and Subaru are helping each other to improve their abilities. He has to be more focused on attacking the defense and that’s why he is a lucky shooter” said Saki.

“I guess I will be happy if you can join us, Natsuhi” said Hinata.

“Yeah, we can play together at our room while waiting for your teammates to gather up soon” said Airi.

“Okay, as long as we will play together, then I will be nice with you” said Natsuhi.

“That’s the spirit! I hope you join our team” said Saki.

“Welcome to our team, Natsuhi! I hope you can come along with us later tonight” said Maho.

“Okay, Maho. I’m ready for that” said Natsuhi.

“Ah, my brother is finally getting along with us” said Tsubaki.

“He will be fine with us and he’s no longer shy anymore” said Hiiragi.

“I guess that since Natsuhi will be part our team, then I’m gonna be okay to be with him even if he treats Maho nicely” said Tomoka.

“Instead of joining another team, he will be able to take advice to us when it comes to our offense or defense” said Mimi.

“I’m gonna make sure that Natsuhi will help us improving our team soon” said Masami.

“That’s how what Natsuhi wanted to be on our team because he wants to focus on being a good team captain” said Kagetsu.

“I’m sure that Natsuhi will try his best to be the captain in the future” said Aya.

“Okay, Tomoka and friends. Let’s practice our team plays” said Subaru.

“Subaru, Aoi, Banri, Satsuki and Tae. You’re here to join our practice too? Okay, then, it’s all set” said Tomoka.

“It looks like Natsuhi is happy to join with you, girls” said Aoi.

“Yeah, Aoi” said Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi, Hinata, Mimi, Tsuabki, Hiiragi, Masami, Kagetsu and Aya.

“The reason why I joined this team is because I wanted to improve my abilities and skills while playing with them. At least I’m going to be the only guy to join that team” said Natsuhi.

“So, did you have plans to reunite with your teammates?” asked Banri.

“Yes, we’ll meet up while Tomoka and her friends will split up to find their close friends” said Natsuhi.

“Okay, then let’s practice, everyone” said Subaru.

“Yeah!” said Aoi, Banri, Satsuki, Tae, Kauznari and the members of Tomoka’s team.

The practice starts with the seventh graders were on defense while the sixth graders were on offense.

Saki dribbles the ball and Masami begins to screen her. “Masami, you’re doing well after we played together against the newly recruits. By the way, are you strong enough to beat me?” said Saki.

“Of course, I would. This is the practice that Natsuhi and Subaru plan and we will see how the offense and defense of our group going to the real game” said Masami.

“Okay, Masami. If you play good, then I’ll play good” said Saki.

“Okay, you’re on!” said Masami.

Masami and Saki were good shooters and hoped that they will play together again as members of Team Minato. Saki passes the ball to Maho. “Here, Maho!” said Saki.

“Alright, time to show what we got!” said Maho.

Tsubaki and Hiiragi try to stop Maho from dribbling the ball and Maho tried to find an opening.

“Come on, Tsubaki, Hiiragi. You can do it!” said Natsuhi.

“I’ll stop you!” said Hiiragi. Hiiragi would try to steal the ball, but Maho moves out of the way. Tsubaki tried to use the same movement from her twin sister.

“Oh no, you don’t!” said Tsubaki.

“Trying to use your Double Mean Play to stop me? Well, then, I will pass to someone I want” said Maho.

“Maho! I’m here” said Hinata.

“Go get it!” said Maho as she passes the ball to Hinata.

“Oh, I will show you what I have in our new plan, Tsubaki, Hiiragi” said Hinata. Tsubaki tries to screen Hinata, but Hinata breaks the screen and move past Tsubaki.

“Ah, she’s fast!” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

“Oh, I told you that I found a new move to beat my defenders out” said Hinata.

“At least, we try, Hinata” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

“Now, that’s my Hinata!” said Maho.

“Thanks, Maho!” said Hinata.

Hinata sees Airi and Kagetsu facing each other with their strength. Airi and Kagetsu would move until Hinata prepares to pass the ball to Airi. “Airi, go!” said Hinata.

“Right!” said Airi as Hinata passes the ball to Airi while Kagetsutries to screen her.

“Airi, I hope my stamina has matched your durability when we faced each other” said Kagetsu.

“I’ll be nice to see if you improve your defense” said Airi.

“Yeah. This should be a practice that you will never forget” said Kagetsu.

“Oh, alright, I’ll be glad to” said Airi. Kagetsu would level the defense while Airi gains the use of fake, which allows Airi to move past Kagetsu.

“Catch, Tomoka!” said Airi.

“Okay!” said Tomoka as Airi passes the ball to Tomoka. Tomoka and Mimi have no pressure to see how the team play goes. It seems that this practice will improve the offense and defense of both teams. In order to make sure that this practice will be the best, both teams level their skills to see how they play well with Natsuhi and Subaru’s new strategy.

“I’m confident to play with you, Tomoka” said Mimi.

“Me too. I’m sure that you’re gonna see how we level the skills to improve our team play” said Tomoka.

“Ah, okay. Let’s do what we have learned before in our first meeting” said Mimi.

“I’ll be happy to, Mimi” said Tomoka. Tomoka would play better with her techniques to use while Mimi became more confident when she played with Tomoka during practice and in-game. Tomoka would move past Mimi to shoot the floater. The shot was good.

“Alright!” said Maho.

“Nice play, Tomoka!” said Saki.

“You’re too good to use Shiny Gift” said Airi.

“Oh, good job, Tomoka!” said Hinata.

“Yeah, at least this is just the beginning to improve our team” said Tomoka.

“You really looked great, Tomoka. It seems that we could level this team play to make sure that when we’re in the game, we will make sure that we will play better” said Mimi.

“Yeah, that would make this a new strategy to use. Is that right, Subaru?” said Tomoka.

“Yes. Just to make sure that the objectives I got will improve your skills and abilities” said Subaru.

“Alright, I’m on it. Say, Mimi, wanna play offense while I’m on defense?” said Tomoka.

“Sure, Tomoka” said Mimi.

“Then, let’s play!” said Tomoka as she and Mimi smile to each other. Tomoka’s team continues to do their practice as they were enjoyed doing the practice like they usually do in drill practice at the gym of the Keishin Academy.

UP NEXT: Extras 1: "The Bravehearts"

This post marks the end of Volume 1. I hope you enjoy reading the first volume which was all updated with corrections I made. I will be posting an extra part featuring The Bravehearts, the characters from Ro-Kyu-Bu! and Tenshi no 3P! The Extras 1 will be posted on Sunday and I will add more extras if I have time. The next chapter will be the start of Volume 2 starting October 20 (Friday).
 
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As I promised, I will be posting some extras for the series, starting with the characters from Ro-Kyu-Bu! in the extra chapter, "Why the Bravehearts?"

VOLUME 1: “A BLESSING START”
EXTRAS 1: “WHY THE BRAVEHEARTS?”

The members of the Bravehearts have their reactions on naming their group. The name “bravehearts” was coined by Tsubaki and Hiiragi Takenaka as the members of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball club have dominated very well in competitions like their counterparts who were progressing to the fourth round of the district tournament for the regional qualifiers of the National Tournament where they lose. The girls trusted their mentors Subaru Hasegawa and Aoi Ogiyama since its formation of the club. The Keishin Academy Basketball Team now has two groups: the boys’ club and the girls’ club. Currently, Mimi Balguerie has plans to reconstruct the basketball club by forming a unified group and organize their plans before the start of their first major competition, which is the district-wide ForM Mini Basketball Cup.

In their final meeting for the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball club, Tomoka and her teammates have finally decided to stick together with Subaru and his friends from Nashiba High School. Then, Subaru let them choose on whether they’ll remain in Keishin or transfer to Kirihara, his former middle school team. The girls chose to transfer to another school in Kirihara, so that they will help the team to win games against other middle schools in their district. However, in the main series, after losing to Suzuridani Academy, the girls have decided to remain in Keishin Academy for junior high school, so that they’ll improve their skills and once they’ll compete against Suzuridani again, they’ll eventually become victorious. But still, they’ll continue to stick together with Subaru to increase their friendship with him.

All of the members of the group except Aya Miyakoōji are members of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball club. Aya Miyakoōji is a member of the Suzuridani Academy basketball club. The group is based on the characters from Ro-Kyu-Bu!

Here’s what the members of the Bravehearts say their response.

Tomoka Minato (湊 智花)
Position: SG
Number: 4
DOB: September 9
Blood type: A
School: Keishin Academy (慧心学園)
CV: Kana Hanazawa (花澤 香菜)


“The name “bravehearts” was very interesting to me because our group had contributed our efforts to witness history in Keishin. Also, “dearests” can be an alternate nickname for our group because Subaru coined this term to recognize every one of us as dearests. Of course, he’s my mentor when he helped me to master my shooting skills as well as the floater and also, he helped my teammates too. I love my interests in the group because I enjoy playing with my friends especially Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata. You have to be more admired and pleased as long as you are a brave person.”

Saki Nagatsuka (永塚 紗季)
Position: PG/SG
Number: 6
DOB: July 1
Blood type: O
School: Keishin Academy (慧心学園)
CV: Yōko Hikasa (日笠 陽子)


“The meaning of “bravehearts” is not always everyone needs determination, but to correct this, resilient, willpower and compassionate are the keys that my team has admitted to. Like what Tomoka said, it’s your own responsibility to overcome your fears and weaknesses especially when you tried hard until you finally made it. Before the game starts, Subaru gives us strength to make sure that victory is ours. As I’m the respectful and prettiest girl in the group, I always lead the group by expressing ideas and doing think tanks in our team.”

Airi Kashii (香椎 愛莉)
Position: C
Number: 7
DOB: April 5
Blood type: A
School: Keishin Academy (慧心学園)
CV: Rina Hidaka (日高 里菜)


“When I join the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball club, I overcame my fears and tried my best to play with my own style. As of now, I treat my friends including Hinata and Tomoka by expressing advice to them. I like to play basketball with Tomoka and her friends and of course, I admired them to make sure they are doing right. When I had to cheer myself up, the fun has never runs out as always. The name “bravehearts” was very fine to me and I wanted to make our group to change our strategies and styles of play because we’re determined to be the best in our team.”

Hinata Hakamada (袴田 ひなた)
Position: SF
Number: 8
DOB: March 3
Blood type: O
School: Keishin Academy (慧心学園)
CV: Yui Ogura (小倉 唯)


“On my past experience, as a player, it’s very interesting to me and I always treat them nicely to admire them. My teammates like Tomoka recognized me as a “charming and innocent” girl because I always smile on them and it’s the best way to treat them nicely. I expressed myself to commit playing basketball because my interests in basketball was very okay to me and being part of this group was one of my moments by the time after the graduation. Everyone is compassionate and we conquer our fears and mistakes by making our new strategies and make sure that we’ll win at the end.”

Maho Misawa (三沢 真帆)
Position: PF
Number: 5
DOB: July 2
Blood type: AB
School: Keishin Academy (慧心学園)
CV: Yuka Iguchi (井口 裕香)


“I like word “bravehearts” because my friends were very passionate just like me. It’s true that we give blessings as good lucks that allow us to give more strength. In Keishin, there are many of us who has special skills and we have to use these skills to pull off a victory. Like Saki said, I always suggest ideas or give advice to my teammates and cheer them up when there’s something wrong in our team. My friends and I felt happy for them as well as to my mentor Subaru. When you give strengths to your teammates, there are many ways to use to conquer the game one at the time.”

Mimi Balguerie (ミミ・バルゲリー)
Position: SF
Number: 10
DOB: February 3
Blood type: AB
School: Keishin Academy (慧心学園)
CV: Misaki Kuno (久野 美咲)


“The word “bravehearts” was the first time I hear that word and since Keishin is always a game changing team, we made momentums and triumphs. My teammates and I have trained hard to become members of the club and eventually, Kagetsu and I were the first of the five to fully respect on the senpais including Tomoka. I would be more delighted to become a member of the Bravehearts and I would start doing my duties as the captain of the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball club. So, remember, playing basketball is not hard to play and it’s very fun to play along with your friends.”

Kagetsu Hakamada (袴田 かげつ)
Position: PF/C
Number: 9
DOB: February 20
Blood type: O
School: Keishin Academy (慧心学園)
CV: Asami Seto (瀬戸 麻沙美)


“Like my sister Hinata, I begin to play basketball when we’re little kids and cheer up my sister when she’s not feeling well, of course. The Bravehearts must work hard and improve our skills to dominate the competition. I assured that my friends will help to master my playing skills and of course, I will give them a reward in return. You should have an opportunity to be a member of the group because they’ll take care of you and work together like I did in Keishin. The meaning of the “bravehearts” for me is people who have pure heart and being admired by themselves.”

Masami Fujii (藤井 雅美)
Position: PG/SG
Number: 13
DOB: June 16
Blood type: A
School: Keishin Academy (慧心学園)
CV: Risa Taneda (種田 梨沙)


“I was very good in basketball and I like to train hard by shooting at any range you get by using my own secrets. To be honest, I will do this skill to get more points I got in the game and being a point guard cannot be missed. The Bravehearts is my new home and because luck is always there, there’s always a blessing in our group. I believe that our revolution is our new look for our class because we decided to be more prepared and determined like the senpais including my childhood friend Saki. I’ll be happier if my friends have treated me fairly and do anything I want to cheer them up.”

Tsubaki Takenaka (竹中 椿)
Position: PF
Number: 11
DOB: January 1
Blood type: B
School: Keishin Academy (慧心学園)
CV: Minami Tsuda (津田 美波)


Hiiragi Takenaka (竹中 柊)
Position: SG/SF
Number: 12
DOB: January 1
Blood type: B
School: Keishin Academy (慧心学園)
CV: Aya Suzaki (洲崎 綾)


“First of all, we decided to call our group as “The Bravehearts.” It’s very simple. Every one of our members has best friends in the Keishin Academy girls’ basketball club and they devoted to overcome their fears and mistakes. To be honest, we need to improve our playing skills for as long as you need to learn anything from our mentors like Subaru, Aoi and my older brother Natsuhi. The senpais like Maho and Hinata were always cheering us up when we have problems and we need to solve it out. This could be more fun to have help from senpais like them.”

Aya Miyakoōji (都大路 綾)
Position: C
Number: 12
DOB: April 22
Blood type: A
School: Suzuridani Academy (硯谷女学園)
CV: Yumi Hara (原 由実)


“Despite of being the member of the Suzuridani Academy basketball club, I followed Airi and her friends whenever she has many things to do outside training. The Bravehearts were very determined and respected basketball players and I wanted to challenge myself to be stronger. To elevate your skills, you need to improve your skills by having help from your friends or your mentor. I wanted to make sure that I have to work hard as possible. It means that when you enter to the game, don’t be afraid to your teammates and opponents, just be nice to them and respect the game.”

UP NEXT: Extras 2: "Here Comes the Three Angels"

In the next extra chapter, the characters from Tenshi no 3P! will be having some time to know about the series. Also, it will be another special post for Tenshi no 3P! since the anime adaption series had ended on September 25, 2017.
 
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